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The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's A School Story by [Reed, Talbot Baines]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 754 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082RZ3N2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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Some have suggested that this book is dated. In a way, of course, they are right. The story is set in a boys' public school in the late nineteenth century. Schools were different then. Pupils had vastly more freedom than they now have, and the older boys were largely responsible for running their schools. The modern schoolboy will be amazed by reading of the antics of his ancestors. And, sadly, he will be bound to laugh at the occasional moral lectures to be found in this exceptionally well-written account of school life. But he will also be gripped by the story. He will laugh at the glorious humour. And he will long for the righteous, decent hero to triumph in the end.

This is a book which certainly deserves to be much more widely read than it is.

Charles
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I remember reading and thoroughly enjoying this as a child though my own upbringing was as far removed as it could be from the rarefied air of the traditional public school. Re-reading it in this free Kindle version I find the plot still has the power to engage from first to last and while the moralistic aspects are as straight-up-and-down as you would expect in a schoolboy story of this vintage (1890s) the lead characters are not entirely black-and-white, and several show genuine if predictable development. Not quite in the 'Tom Brown's Schooldays' class but a highly recommended read, and not just for the nostalgic reason that made me return to it.
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Of course l read this book many years ago, so this is olden days revisited for me. Over the years l had forgotten the plot in large measure so my enjoyment was undiminished. I never went to a public school but my own school aped much of the behaviour and attitudes recorded here. Of it's time it rings very true and the story is engaging and exciting. A good read which l am pleased to see is still available.
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A really good school story. Remonded me of books i reads in my childhood. I would recommend this book to all.
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Excellent book first read 1950's, if only school was like St Dominic's today the UK education system would be in far better shape
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If you want a fairly cosy and warm description of boarding school life in the golden, olden days then this is adequate. Written in a slightly "Boys Own" style but without any hint of excitement or adventure, and all the boys seem to do is play cricket.
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