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Tom Brown's Schooldays (Penguin Popular Classics)
Tom Brown's Schooldays (Penguin Popular Classics)
by Thomas Hughes
Edition: Paperback

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, 5 Nov 2003
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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