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Tantor Media, Inc. 2009
Accelerated Reader:
IL: UG - BL: 9.3 - AR Pts: 20
Lexile measure:
1080L
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Description
Red brick, machinery, and smoke-darkened chimneys. Reason, facts, and statistics. This is the world of Coketown, the depressed mill town that is the setting for one of Charles Dickens's most powerful and unforgettable novels. The highest priority for Thomas Gradgrind, head of the Gradgrind model day school, is his version of education-feeding the mind while starving the soul and spirit. Inflexible and unyielding, he places conformity above curiosity and sense over sentiment...only to find himself betrayed by the very standards that govern his own unhappy life. Hard Times is Dickens's scathing portrait of Victorian industrial society and its misapplied utilitarian philosophy. And Thomas Gradgrind is one of his most richly dimensional, memorable characters. Filled with the details and wonders of small-town life, Hard Times is also a daring novel of ideas-and ultimately a celebration of love, hope, and the limitless possibilities of the imagination.
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Edition:
Unabridged
Street Date:
01/12/2009
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781400190362
Accelerated Reader:
UG
Level 9.3, 20 Points
Lexile measure:
1080
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APA Citation (style guide)

Charles Dickens. (2009). Hard Times. Unabridged Tantor Media, Inc.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Charles Dickens. 2009. Hard Times. Tantor Media, Inc.

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Charles Dickens, Hard Times. Tantor Media, Inc, 2009.

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Charles Dickens. Hard Times. Unabridged Tantor Media, Inc, 2009.

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