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    I see Polly Toynbee of The Guardian is comparing...

    I see Polly Toynbee of The Guardian is comparing the current minister for education, Michael Gove, with Thomas Gradgrind (link).
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    I am half way through the first volume, and I...

    I am half way through the first volume, and I have to admit that I am not enjoying it as much as I did Great Expectations. I find Hard Times harder to follow. The writing is a little convoluted and...
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    I was being facetious about Dickens being a...

    I was being facetious about Dickens being a bleeding heart. I know he was a good guy most of the time.

    I expect you are right about the book not being an attack on science and industry, just that...
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    I was interested to read in Ch 4 that Mr...

    I was interested to read in Ch 4 that Mr Gradgrind had named two of his sons after Robert Malthus and Adam Smith. Whenever I read a book about sustainability it mentions Robert Malthus, either to say...
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    Hard Times - the start

    I have just started reading this, and so far I don't know what to make of it. I was surprised becaused it is written in a different style to the only other Dickens books that I have read, Great...
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