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Tom Brown's Schooldays

Tom Brown's Schooldays [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Hughes
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First published in 1857, Thomas Hughes' novel Tom Brown's Schooldays has remained popular well into modern times. Hughes was a Rugby alumnus, and dedicated the novel to the widow of his old headmaster, Dr. Thomas Arnold. While the story has entertained generations of mostly young readers, and inspired an entire genre of British boarding school novels, perhaps the character best known to modern readers is the bully Flashman. An important, though ultimately minor character in the first part of Tom Brown's Schooldays, he would later be appropriated as the protagonist of a highly popular series of novels by British author George MacDonald Fraser.

Hughes' novel takes Tom Brown from childhood as the son of the local squire, to his early days at a private boarding school (terminated by an epidemic at the school), and then right through his years at Rugby, a real school that is today best known to those outside Britain for the modified form of soccer that originated there and bears the school's name. Rugby (the game) and cricket both figure prominently in the story. The final chapter, which takes place in 1842, is mostly a tribute to Arnold, who had died in that year.

Our edition has been carefully edited and formatted for the Kindle reading device, and includes a linked table of contents along with a number of new notes to clarify some references that have become obscure with the passing years.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 344 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456475800
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: C.E.B. Pubs (11 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002GYWZZ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,017 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Turn, pause, look back and wave 16 Feb 2006
Tom Brown's Schooldays is part novel, part education theory, but it is a great read. It is true that boys these days are unlikely to incur the wrath of their friends for not recognising a beech tree on sight, and that particular incident highlights the difference between the world described and the world as we know it. Despite this, it does not present an unrecognisable world and it actually allows us to look back on a time and a tradition long gone from modern Britain, and to smile at the innocence of children in the Victorian Era. The characters are what keeps the novel alive. To watch Tom grow from young boy to troublemaker to responsible, caring young man ready for Oxford, is a moving experience. The cast of characters around him ensure that he gets into all sorts of scrapes along the way, and the portrait painted of the great Dr. Thomas Arnold is one of a very intelligent, strong, yet caring man who quietly goes about the business of turning Tom into a young man worthy of praise. It is true that this book contains possibly the worst opening chapter in all of English literature, but get past that and you'll discover something quite special.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historically fascinating 15 Nov 2002
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I first tried to read this when I was 12 and found it very heavy going. Several attempts later, I managed it all the way through and was very glad I did. The glimpses of lost England it gives are fascinating and anyone skipping the first chapter misses so much legend and history. I grew up in this area of Berkshire (now Oxfordshire) and found this chapter very interesting.
Yes, it is sentimental, but you have to remember the time in which it was written. It is probably the first ever school story written and one of the first fiction books for children that aimed at entertaining rather than merely lecturing.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Ignore the first chapter which is one of the worst written book openings ever. The rest of the book describes in incredibly sentimental terms a young boy's education at Rugby. The boy's adventures are compelling not least to have an idea of what an English Public school was in the early 1800s. The best part however, concerns the fabulous character that Thomas Hughes created in the bully Flashman. You need to have read this book to fully appreciate the genius of the Flashman Papers subsequently written by George MacDonald Fraser. Thomas Hughes' book is seminal work and must be viewed as a great reference book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great 5 Nov 2003
By mike
Jeeze louise, after taking more than three weeks to mull over the first hundered pages of this at times hard going but brilliant book i finished the following two hundered in about a day and a half as i found it truly 'can't put it down' style reading . At times the novel was beautiful, touching, whilst at the same time a brilliant effective guide for not just contempary but also modern day youths on how to conduct themselves and behave like gentlemen . The book was like a sermon with enough charm not to seem overbearing and with enough mischief to make an entertaining coming of age tale . Apart from the ridicioulsly slow and stogy opening the rest of the tale was told with such charm and charisma that although the book is not one of my dearest, I developed a keen interest in the characters and wantend to read on and on soley for the purpose of seeing them develop . The characters and the way they behaved and changed was superbly identifiable and satisfying and for that reason i was mildly dissapointed with the novels ending . I have discovered that the is a little known sequal to this called 'tom brown at oxford'
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3.0 out of 5 stars book 24 Aug 2013
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good item and it was as described. Thank you. I would order again in the future if i needed to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic that doesn't lose anything by age 19 May 2013
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A great view of public achool life in times gone by and a really good read. I was surprised at how much Flashman is not a major part of the story and entranced with other areas described.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Brown School days. 5 July 2012
By Nick
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This cd of Tom Brown School days were great to hear. I enjoy every part of the story line and you can picture the film as well. If you are into your story cds this one is the one to purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Understanding the ethos of Rugby football 26 Aug 2011
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I'm sure many of us of a certain age will remember reading Thomas Hughes's story of young Tom Brown moving to Rugby school in the 1850's and discovering the early version of the 'Rugby' game. Legend has it that it was created some years earlier. There is a commemorative plaque on the Headmaster's Wall in the Close at Rugby School, known as the (William) Webb Ellis stone, describing the boy's sudden wild enthusiasm rather appropriately. Part of the inscription reads `... who with a fine disregard for the rules of football as played in his time first took up the ball in his arms and ran with it, thus originating the distinctive feature of the rugby game...'.
Of course Hughes went to Rugby school himself, and writes from experience. In the mayhem the boys realised how much fun they could have with the game that Webb Ellis had unexpectedly created. It was a thrill to run with the ball,(these were made by the school's local boot and shoe maker William Gilbert, whose name still appears on rugby balls today) to test one's strength against others' and to meet a more physical challenge.
Re-reading the book gives as much pleasure today, as he describes in Chapter VI `After the match'. `Then there's fuddling about in the public-house, and drinking bad spirits and punch, and such rot-gut stuff. That won't make drop-kicks or chargers of you, take my word for it.' 150 years later -as the French say, `plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose'.
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