Inventore del romanzo sociale, Dickens vi ha fuso e sviluppato le due tradizioni della narrativa inglese: la tradizione picaresca di Defoe e Fielding e quella sentimentale. Tempi difficili è il romanzo in cui più compiutamente trova espressione la sua avversione all’ideologia utilitaristica, inevitabile conseguenza del processo di industrializzazione che caratterizza l’Inghilterra di quegli anni. Ma più che indagare le cause, Dickens rappresenta gli effetti sociali che lo sfruttamento produce: la falsificazione dei rapporti umani. Il proletariato, per elevarsi alla condizione della borghesia, ne assume le caratteristiche di ipocrisia e di durezza.
- ISBN: 881113269X
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 327
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This book is, for me, Dickens' best. I loved every second of it, the darkness of Tom's steady descent into drinking and gambling were brilliant and there were several times I found myself simply rereading a few paragraphs over and over, in awe at them. (The end of Chapter XIX, The Whelp, is somethin Leggi tutto
The novel depends on the opposition between fact, Dickens's name for the cold and loveless attitude to the life he associated with Utilitarianism, and fancy, which represents all the warmth of the imagination. A contrast which gives it both tension and unity.
Mr. Thomas Gradgrind , a very wealthy, former merchant, now retired, only believes in facts, and mathematics, two plus two, is four... facts are important, facts will lift you into prosperity, facts are what to live by, they are the only thing that matters, everything else is worthless ... knowing.
Hard Times is Dickens’s novel set in the fictional Coketown and centering around utilitarian and industrial influences on Victorian society. Dickens’s brilliant use of characterization can be seen in high form here and as always, his naming of his story’s populace is entertaining by itself. The best Leggi tutto
“Now, what I want is Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts; nothing else will ever be of any service to them.” So begins Hard Times , and what an Leggi tutto
Dickens wrote Hard Times as an attempt to increase sales of his flagging magazine and had to produce it in weekly instalments which probably explains why it's so bereft of inspiration and artistry. It's ironic that a novel lauding the importance of heart and imagination as guiding principles in soci Leggi tutto
Hard Times, 1854,Charles Dickens Hard Times – For These Times (commonly known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854. The book surveys English society and satirists the social and economic conditions of the era. عنوانها: روزگار سخت؛ دوران سخت؛ دوران مشقت؛ نویسنده Leggi tutto
"Now, what I want is Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts; nothing else will ever be of any service to them." My reading of theories of pedag
The eminent Victorian critic John Ruskin had this to say about this book : "He is entirely right in his main drift and purpose in every book he has written; and all of them, but especially Hard Times, should be studied with close and earnest care by persons interested in social questions."
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