Charles Dickens was an English novelist, short story writer, and social critic. He is best remembered for his prolific writing, and especially the novels David Copperfield. A Christmas Carol, and The Pickwick Papers. ‘It was a city of red brick, or of brick that would have been red if the smoke and ashes had allowed it.
But as matters already stood, it actually was a town of unnatural black & red like the painted face of a savage. Set in fictitious Coketown in the country England during the Revolution of Industries in the 1850s. Dickens needed to reveal the large gulf between the wealthy and the poor through his writing. In the novel, hard times, the actual social and moral purpose of his work is at its most evident. Openly ironic and satirical in its tone, Dickens suggests mechanization of society. Where the rich are merciless and uncharitable towards those less lucky than themselves.
This book is, for me, Dickens’ best. I adored each second of it, the darkness of Tom’s steady descent into drinking and gambling were brilliant and there were several times I found myself reading a few paragraphs over and over again many times, in awe at them.
(The finish of Chapter XIX, The Whelp, is something I hold in very high regard as possibly one of his best pieces of writing ever.) I want to deal with the characters separately from here since I feel they’re all important
Also: Three Men in a Boat