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Half remembering the BBC adaptation from the early seventies (&quot;That's dashed decent of you, East!!&quot; became a catchphrase in my house for a time) and the riotous parody by Michael Palin (the school leopard, the maggot pit, the Hop...), I thought I knew what to expect, a ripping yarn of period schoolboy japes. How wrong I was! This was far more satisfying and though-provoking, in part thanks to Hugh Bonneville's sensitive performance (clearly a man with fond recollections of his own schooldays). The eternal question of what education is for rings through the recounted episodes, with its highest ideals embodied in the great Dr Arnold. (If this is a true account he must go down as one of the most influential Victorians, since Rugbeians would have been truly fitted by his tutelage to build a worldwide Empire. And all they were taught was Latin and Greek!!) The stalwart Tom is a clear forerunner of other British schoolboy heroes such as Biggles, Jennings, Billy Bunter, his namesake William, and Harry Potter in later years. For a compendium of the values that made Britain great, this recording cannot be highly enough recommended.
I liked this story very much, both because of the reader, and the way in which it is written.
I could not imagine how much I would enjoy this book, had seen the films before - but so much in the films was glossed over, changed or missed out.
By far the original book is my favourite rendition of this tale.
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