Set in "Coketown" in 19th century England, this is yet another exemplar of Dickens' literary genius. Delving into such social issues as education, class differences, morality, and relationships, Hard Times demonstrates Dickens' ability to not only develop characters that leave his readers fully engaged, but allows the reader to be exposed to his expertise in the use of the English language to articulate the difficulties of the human condition. For those truly interested in fine literature, this should be required reading. It is one of those rare novels that one must read several times to fully understand the depth of meaning often subtly hidden within.
Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PR4561.A1 1997
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Kevin Ross, Associate Dean, Leatherby Libraries
Rating: Highly Recommended