Happy Friday everyone!
Today I am coming at you with another book review. This review is definietly bittersweet as it was my last book of the summer but boy, it was a good one! Hard Times by Charles Dickens is not only my first Dickens book, but already a favorite of mine as well.
As my collection of Dickens slowly but surly filled my bookshelf, I realized it was time to dive into one. Hard Times being recommened to me a handful of times, made it the obvious canidate. The story set in old Coketown. A city that is crumbling with poverty yet starving for some fresh new faces and action, which is eventually exactly what it gets. The characters and overall sense of connection in this novel was in one word, fantastic, making the read nearly impossible to put down. Another aspect of this book that is noteworthy is the diversity in enviroment and character. Dickens is able to put the reader in each of the characters shoes that it makes it hard not to sympathize and connect to each and every one of them.
One of my favorite aspects about reading new authors is the opportunity to read new styles and listen to new voices in writing. Dickens’ writing is unique and, similarily to Hemingway, unlike anything I have read. Naturally I had to go and purchase even more of his novels.
I hope you all enjoyed this review. I try to only disclose enough information about the book so that I do not give anything away! Now that University is back in session, so is the regular reading schedule. Stay tuned!
5 Star Rating: ★★★★★
“There is a wisdom of the head, and… there is a wisdom of the heart.” – Charles Dickens Hard Times