Tag: Class

Charles Dickens – Hard Times | Review

Title: Hard Times

Author: Charles Dickens

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 248

Rating: 3.5/5

I’ve had this book for a while now but I’d been putting it off because it has tiny print and because it’s Dickens, and so I knew it wasn’t exactly going to be easy going. The good news is that once I got into it, I got pretty absorbed in the story line and I had to keep on reading to see what happened next. The characters were just a nice little added bonus.

I think this book quite often gets overshadowed by Dickens’ other work, but what I learned from this is that he was just a pretty badass writer in general. His work still holds up today, and so too do the issues that he wrote about. Dickens is great at covering class differences, and while the specific classes might have changed, the general idea has not.

Still, I have to admit that the main feeling that I’ve been left with after completing this is a sense of relief. It’s been on my TBR for literally years and I’ve been meaning to get to it, but I was putting it off. I think I left it for just the right amount of time, and I definitely wouldn’t recommend racing out to get yourself a copy immediately.

The good news is that it’s out of copyright and so you can read it for free all over the place. Enjoy.

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Frances Hodgson Burnett – The Secret Garden | Review

Title: The Secret Garden

Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 276

Rating: 4*/5

 

Frances Hodgson Burnett - The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett – The Secret Garden

 

I read this book as a teenager. We had to read it for GCSE English and I’d completely forgotten about it until recently when I saw a few people talking about it on YouTube and decided to pick myself up another copy.

This is the point at which I admit that I haven’t re-read it in full since I read it as a kid, but I did flick through it to refamiliarise it with myself and the first thing that jumped out at me was the same thing that I really remember from it: the imagery. Of course, the story line itself is touching, heartwarming and occasionally even harrowing, but the main thing that I remember is Burnett’s stunning use of language and how it really brings the story to life.

I think that’s why it’s a classic. There’s something timeless about the story and the language that transcends time and makes it just as enjoyable now as it would have been back when it was first published. When we were reading it for school, I used to get in trouble for reading ahead of the class because they were far too slow for me. I think that says a lot.

All in all then, I have a lot of time for this book, and I’m hoping to carve out a window in my schedule in the future to give it a re-read. Sure, it takes a little dedication, but that’s a good thing. Commit yourself to it and fall right into the story.

 

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett

 

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