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on 7 January 2011
Tom Brown's schooldays is one of those classics; everyone has heard of it, but probably knows it better from one of the film or TV adaptations. This is shame as the book is very well written and has some wonderful (if a little flowery) images of the English countryside that are often left out to save time.
The book actually starts shortly after Tom's birth and the first few chapters cover the early part of his life before going to Rugby school. This part is generally left out in the film versions; a pity as there are some excellent descriptions of country life at the beginning of the 1800s.
Hughes describes the growth from adolescence to adulthood of a young man from the middle class of English society with great affection and a keen eye. The book illustrates how people thought about the education of young men to fulfill a purpose within society, and I would suggest that many of the views were valid for the next 100 years. I would also suggest that the concept described in the book of giving young people responsibility for the care of younger children, could be a valuable concept in todays society.
A really good read, and one that is suitable for teenagers and above.