Tom Brown's School Days

Tom Brown s School Days Tom Brown is an early well drawn character in what was to become a familiar genre in English fiction a chronicle of life at an English boys boarding school In the novel Tom a student at Rugby Schoo

  • Title: Tom Brown's School Days
  • Author: Thomas Hughes
  • ISBN: 9781592242849
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Tom Brown is an early, well drawn character in what was to become a familiar genre in English fiction a chronicle of life at an English boys boarding school In the novel, Tom, a student at Rugby School in the time of Thomas Arnold s headmastership, is harassed by the school bully, Flashman, but overcomes his trials During his school career, Tom does very well academic Tom Brown is an early, well drawn character in what was to become a familiar genre in English fiction a chronicle of life at an English boys boarding school In the novel, Tom, a student at Rugby School in the time of Thomas Arnold s headmastership, is harassed by the school bully, Flashman, but overcomes his trials During his school career, Tom does very well academically and on the playing fields The Merriam Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

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    1. If you need to read this because you're studying the history of British boarding schools, then fine but if not, I'd say avoid it. It's boring and preachy and doesn't pay off.

    2. A must read for any of the legions of Flashman fanatics (like myself) if only for a better understanding of what George MacDonald Fraser was satirizing in his famous, and infamous Flashman, series. Of course, this was aimed at Victorian boys to inspire them to be better Victorian gentlemen and not to jaded, cynical world weary reprobates like myself. So, perhaps I'm not the most appropriate reviewer of this book. No doubt, Tom Brown, Arnold and the author himself would arm wrestle each other to [...]

    3. This is the story of a boy, Tom Brown, and his years at Rugby school during the tenure of Thomas Arnold as headmaster, in the early Victorian era.Unless you're a hopeless anglophile, you might prefer watching one of the dramatisations of this story. (The made-for-television film with Stephen Fry as Doctor Arnold is especially good.) The films tend to have more plot than the book, which is more a series of chronological anecdotes set amidst statements of philosophy than it is a novel. The philoso [...]

    4. A children's classic - but one of those written for all ages, which is how books were written at the time. There was no shame in a child and his/her parent sharing the same favourites. So, a classic, a debut novel (really an only novel) and a singular account of school life in the Victorian era under a very famous headmaster. Not only this but it spawned another classic - or perhaps a modern classic? in Flashman, the character first met here, at Rugby; a bully, a cad, a bounder and general all-r [...]

    5. I was surprised by the way this book made me feel like a boy-detesting maiden aunt. It wasn't as if I didn't have a pretty good idea of what was in it beforehand, but really, they're unlikable little thugs, the boys in this book. If they're not shooting peas at passers-by and bribing their way out of trouble about it they're throwing stones at other people's livestock and bribing their way out of trouble about it. Hughes' aim is to intercut this pleasant, healthy, natural boyishness with a conce [...]

    6. 3.5*This book struck me as being the boys' version of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women - the same mixture of stories of childhood events and moralizing. Not being a boy nor from England, this one didn't make the same connection with me that Alcott's classic did. I was spurred to read this by the references to it in Flashman, which I read (and hugely enjoyed) last year. It was interesting to see how Hughes portrayed Flashman, who was much more prominent in this book than I had expected. Fraser di [...]

    7. Tom Brown’s Schooldays by Thomas Hughes is one of the first (if not the first) books about boys and adventures in public school life. First published in 1857, Hughes was looking to write a novel for boys that would tell about the public school life “in a right spirit but distinctly aimed at being interesting.” In it, he introduces us to Tom Brown—first describing his home village and his life there and then following Tom through his years at Rugby under Dr. Arnold. We are given Tom’s e [...]

    8. [These notes were made in 1984:]. Despite the preachiness and rather offensive Toryism, I rather enjoyed this - really the grand-daddy of school-stories. The shape is so familiar - from new boy through various troubles to responsible upper-school-man, the whole thing ending with a gala of some sort: in this case, a cricket match. Hughes does not attempt to hide the fact that Tom's hero-worship of Dr. Arnold is autobiographical in origin. But I doubt if there was any real-life counterpart of the [...]

    9. I made a lot of connections between this 1857 English novel and Robert Cormier's 1977 novel The Chocolate War. I wrote a 20 page paper comparing the two and how they portray Catholic schools negatively, and are really novels for adults, rather than children.

    10. Not going to lie, I skimmed part 2 once I realized that the author was trying to shove religion and the Military Lie down my throat.Read for ENGL 2238: Children's Literature

    11. I hate to admit it, but my introduction to young Master Brown was via George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman series. Fraser’s anti-hero was based on Hughes’ school bully, Harry Flashman. I hate to admit it even more, but Fraser’s Flashman is such a likeable villain; I actually put off reading Hughes’ novel because of said character’s loathing for Brown.Having since read it, I can honestly say that I find Brown even more likeable than his nemesis, as he was hardly the “goody two shoes [...]

    12. An excellent bildungsroman from the 19th century, following the adventures of young Tom Brown just before and during his schooling at Rugby. Episodic in nature, the novel's charm for me lay in its Victorian mix of nostalgia and laid back moralism- and the subjects they are taught. (Most class time seems spent declining Latin verbs, while Tom has such a poor grasp of geography he does not seem to know the location of the United States!) Some critics have claimed that the Harry Potter books borrow [...]

    13. The point of education is not to learn stuff, but to build character according to this 19th century classic of a boy's life at an English public (that is, private) school. Character is of course built playing sports, like Rugby football, a sport which in this book resembles a kind of riot with rules, where small boys are pitted against large boys and little or no thought is given to the dangers of concussion, broken limbs, or death. It's a rough and tumble environment, great fun until someone lo [...]

    14. So this is one of the worst books I've read this year entire life, actually. I had high expectations because some of my teachers in college talked about it and I was certainly curious. Turns out that I did like the theme, I think it is reflects perfectly a lot of ideas about education, society and colonial issues in the British culture of the nineteenth century but the author's writing is unbelievable. He mentions in the preface wanting to preach about something he believed in but if you want to [...]

    15. I must the the only person around who did not pick this up because of the Flashman series. Rather, I noticed it and the first thing that popped into my head was Tomkinson's Schooldays, from Ripping Yarns. So I was reading it for a lark. And because it was free on my Kindle.To my surprise, I'm rather enjoying the book. I don't really need the insights into Victorian life or background for Flashman; in fact, I'm enjoying the writing itself. The tone is jovial and thoroughly modern (for the 19thc). [...]

    16. (For the full picture, see my review of Alec Waugh's The Loom of Youth.) The shortcomings of Hughes as a novelist are largely compensated by his historical value as a sort of Victorian cosmogonist. He fashions an indelible image of school as a crucible for character formation, but character for Hughes is in no sense a private matter, but thoroughly religious and political. Hence it would be a mistake to treat this text as a Bildungsroman; it answers to completely different purposes. Hughes is qu [...]

    17. I nearly didn't read this as I found the opening chapter about the Browns rather boring, however being advised to skip this was good counsel. The rest of the book was an enjoyable insight into public school, and from what I have heard from friends, not too much has changed. Sometimes the exact meaning of some passages was lost on me, however this did not detract from the enjoyment as I like to have to get the dictionary out (it means learning a new word!). I loved the frank and open assumption t [...]

    18. I very very rarely put a book down without finishing it. I love Victorian novels, but I could not get into this one. I read about 150 pages and then called it quits. It was too preachy for me. It went into too much detail about how to play various rough games and sports, none of which I am the least bit interested in. I suppose it is a good snapshot of public school life, but there are many other, and better, novels that are capable of accomplishing the same. I did, however, enjoy Hughes' conver [...]

    19. Downloaded this as an ebook from Project Gutenberg.One of those books which is definitely 'of its time'. It was slow to start - about a fifth of it had gone by before Tom actually got to school - and then ponderous and moralistic as it went on. I can see that the description of the game of Rugby would be very interesting for historians of that sport, but the heavy-handedness of the religious and moral messages in the book made it hard to read for me.

    20. PRE-1920S BOOK CATEGORYNaturally a book written so long ago is not anything like the style of young adult books written now. In some ways this made it more difficult to read, simply because the language and way of telling the story feel so old and, in some ways, obsolete. However, the basic story of "Tom Brown's Schooldays" is interesting and can be to any reader willing to put in the effort to read it.

    21. This is among the first (if not the first) novel written for and about English schoolboys. Though not a bad novel, its chief value is probably historical. You can see the ideology of the English public school system (both at its best and through dark hints at its worst). Readers of later works (P. G. Wodehouse's cricketing stories come to mind) will certainly see the legacy of this book.

    22. read many times and quoted. Especially the passage about being Cricket Captain, 'only the Doctors job is more important'. Quoted when I announced the cricket captain each year at Lytham in assembly. Used as A level PE info also for the football chapter.

    23. I absolutely adore this book even though it chronicles the coming of age of a young boy in Britian. I feel its a book that every young man/boy should read that will give him a sense and understanding of loyalty, brotherhood, character, and fortitude.

    24. Read because CLR James reckons this has as much to tell us about how English sport developed as any book. I can see the argument. I also enjoyed the book, despite it representing a set of values I don't over admire, far more than I expected to

    25. I picked up an old hardbacked copy of this years ago at a carboot. It has travelled with me far and wide. It has moved 3 homes with me, and I finally got the pleasure to read it. Well worth the wait. A interesting delve into a part of British history and culture. It is an old book, so the proses and writing took some getting used to, but once I did, I worked my way through it. A heart warming coming of age story, about what it is to be a man. Some of its lessons apply as easily today as they do [...]

    26. It's difficult to see now how this rather sentimental novel had such an impact in it's day. It was an enormous bestseller and helped forge the British Public School system into the way that schools were run all over the British Empire, and in those days that meant a third of the world. Thomas Hughes had been a pupil at Rugby School and had seem Arnold's reforms at first hand so the book itself may serve almost as an autobiography and almost a love letter to the school and it's headmaster. It als [...]

    27. Another piece set in Victorian times, where boys are taught to be men - in the most masculine sense of the word. It seemed as though during these times, men were taught everything they needed to know outside of the home in public schools. Boys learned to interact with other boy, including taking social clues from each other in order to build relationships and mature.

    28. To be honest, I only ready this because it has Flashman in it. The Flashman who appears in Tom Brown's schooldays was the inspiration for G. McDonald Fraser when he wrote the Flashman series. So that's why. But Flashman's role in TB schooldays is quite limited and the rest of the book is a bit too old fashioned for my taste.

    29. With the exception of the sportsball chapters and a little too much religious moralising at times, I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It had an interesting mixture of “Yeah, that sounds familiar” and “Okay, boarding school life in 19th century Britain was HELLA WEIRD!”

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