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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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Virginia Woolf – Mrs Dalloway | Review

Title: Mrs Dalloway

Author: Virginia Woolf

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 152

Rating: 5/10


Virginia Woolf - Mrs Dalloway

Virginia Woolf – Mrs Dalloway


I fricken hated Mrs Dalloway – I had to read it for a London in Literature course at university, when I was studying Creative Writing at Roehampton. It was the only book in the whole course which defeated me – I just couldn’t read it in the allocated time limit, and so I had to resort to listening to an audio book of it. It wasn’t even a particularly good audio book – it was a free one from Librivox.org, which are read by volunteers using public domain and out of copyright books.

I did finish it off in the end, but it still didn’t impress me. I’m not even going to talk about the story line, because it was terrible. It struck me as a pointless exercise in writing, and I don’t understand its reputation.


Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf


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