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Tom Brown's Schooldays (Puffin Classics) Paperback – 27 Oct 1994
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About the Author
Thomas Hughes was an English lawyer, politician, and author best known for his semi-autobiographical classic Tom Brown's School Days. Trained as a lawyer, Hughes was appointed a county-court judge before being elected to the British Parliament. Hughes was also a committed social reformer, and was one of the founders and later principal of Working Men's College. His interest in social structures led him to become involved with the model village, and he later founded a settlement that experimented with utopian life in Tennessee. In addition to Tom Brown, Hughes penned The Scouring of the White Horse, Tom Brown at Oxford, Life of Alfred the Great, and Memoir of a Brother. He died in 1896. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Paperback.
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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.
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