By Charles Dickens
(Vintage Classics, Paperback, 9780099518921, 304pp.)
Publication Date: March 2, 2009
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“Facts alone are wanted in life.” The children at Mr. Gradgrind’s school are sternly ordered to stifle their imaginations and pay attention only to cold, hard reality. The effects of Gradgrind’s teaching on his own children, Tom and Louisa, are particularly profound and leave them ill-equipped to deal with the unpredictable desires of the human heart. Luckily for them, they have a friend in Sissy Jupe, the child of a circus clown, who retains her warm-hearted, compassionate nature despite the pressures around her.
“A masterpiece . . . a completely serious work of art.”
– F.R. Leavis