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'NOW what I want is Facts.' One of Dickens's most famous opening lines sets the scene for this powerful novel which questions the harsh rational attitudes predominating in a world of fierce industrial growth. Dickens vividly presents industrial Coketown - a quintessential northern English mill town in the 19th century - and the overbearing figure of Mr Thomas Gradgrind with his utilitarianist philosophy; and contrasts it with the right of every person to enjoy life regardless of social class. Particularly praised by renowned English critic John Ruskin (1819-1900) this moral fable is arguably Dickens's most significant work.