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Hard Times by Charles Dickens
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Jun 15, 11

Read from June 12 to 15, 2011

I really do love Charles Dickens but this book was a struggle. The story itself was dull. Set in a generic industrial town where the population all seem to work for Mr Bounderby. The town lacked any substance because there didn't seem to be much more to it than that and the school mentioned at the start. Like a lot of Dickens novels there is the drunken gambler, the so called gentleman who has something to hide, the vindictive old spinster, the honest workman and the young lady who has been wronged in some way. Unlike the others there wasn't much more than that within the story.

I found it difficult to sympathise with Louisa and Stephen because they were so one dimensional. As were all the characters to be honest. Louisa's brother Tom is meant to be the drunk and gambler and yet it is only briefly referred to with one instance of drunkenness. The one interesting character had promise and then it seemed that Dickens didn't do much with her other than put her in the role of friend near the end. The only thing I will say in it's favour is that it did produce characters that I found easy to dislike.

I wonder if the length of the book meant that the story was limited. Most of the other Dickens books I have read are large tomes which allowed for fantastic story development.

Quite disappointed but as I have loved his others I will keep reading more.
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