Wednesday, 25 March 2009

School Daze

Finished Tom Brown's Schooldays last night.

I found myself slightly bored by this novel and getting impatient for the ending as I was reading it - never a good sign.

I suppose it was the fact that Tom's pre-Victorian public (private) school experience - rambunctious, innocent, pious, full of moral rectitude - contrasted so starkly with the previous novel I read (A Kestrel For a Knave), which depicts an entirely different (and to me, much more realistic) view of English schoolboy life.

I suppose, for its time, Tom Brown's Schooldays was insightful and made good commentary on the state of English education, but for me, it felt fusty and outdated.

Oh well - I can't enjoy them all, can I?

Next up: A complete diversion again...One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey.


  1. Ah! All these texts I've barely or never heard of! It's driving me crazy (because there's no way in hell I can read them in the next handful of years due to time constraints) but at the same time it's good for me to 'hear' about them from you, eh?

    All I can suggest, and this is for you to accept or reject at your pleasure!, is for you to do what we do with texts: analyze why you dislike or are bored by them; is it because they are period novels with no continuing relevance (as the classics have, which is why they're classics) or some other reason?

    As an informed reader of your blog, I think that would be interesting for you to discuss in your comments about the novels in your posts.

  2. Duly noted. I think I was bored by Tom Brown's Schooldays PRECISELY because it was a period novel with no continuing relevance.

    In future, I will be a bit more in-depth as to why I liked or disliked a novel.

    Thanks for the tip!