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Hard Times – Charles Dickens

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1350918 Title : Hard Times
Author : Charles Dickens (1854)
Publisher : Penguin Books
Edition : Penguin English Library 1969, 1977 printing
Format : Paperback, 328 pages

‘Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts; nothing else will ever be of any service to them. This is the principle on which I bring up my own children, and this is the principle on which I bring up these children. Stick to Facts, sir!’ (Thomas Gradgrind, p.47)

Kisah ini bersetting di Inggris pada masa setelah Revolusi Industri, tepatnya di sebuah kota kecil bernama Coketown. Thomas Gradgrind merupakan seorang pendidik, dan dia menerapkan sistem dimana setiap orang harus berpegang pada fakta, dan bukannya imajinasi, mengekang kreativitas dan mengabaikan perasaan. Dengan cara itu…

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