Tom Brown's School Days: Thomas Hughes Paperback – 18 Jan 2017
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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.
The author is clearly quite religious and does overdue that aspect a little for my taste. Wonderful vocabulary with many lovely old English words that have slipped out of common usage.
It is a really good book, works superbly on the Kindle like magic.
But it is an ordeal to read on a small HTC Desire smart phone.
Buy the Kindle or buy the book to read it.
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