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Sentimental Tommy a Story of His Boyhood

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1896. Scottish dramatist and novelist known for the whimsy and sentimental fantasy of his work. Sentimental Tommy is considered one of his outstanding prose works. The book begins: The celebrated Tommy first comes into view on a dirty London stair, and he was in sexless garments, which were all he had, and he was five, and so though we are looking at him, we must do it sid ...more
Hardcover, 484 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1896)
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Ok, no-one’s brought up the Kailyard thing yet so I feel I must. If you’re allergic to English Lit lectures you can stop reading now. Although I don’t know how you came across this book unless you’re fascinated with Barrie or had seen the word ‘kailyard’ mentioned somewhere and wanted to check it out.

It’s the late 19th century and apparently Scotland has been portrayed in an unpleasantly gritty, miserable way in literature for quite some time. A certain literary critic, William Robertson Nicoll,
I think that the narrator said it best when he said “There were moments when one liked Tommy” because there certainly were those moments. The drawback was there were also many moments when one disliked Tommy. Barrie does a good job of making Tommy come alive with many faults and many treasures to his personality. Tommy is definitely capable of being a sneaky manipulative young man but his protective nature to Elspeth and loyalty to those that he cares about is very endearing. Tommy’s vivid imagi ...more
Tom Leland
Can't do it. Got to about page 50...just too much I can't understand---
I imagine it would be tough even for a Brit under the age of 80.
Too many colloquialisms, vernacular, phrases, words with no meaning
to me...I comprehend about 95% of Dickens--but this, my only attempt
at Barrie, perhaps 70%. Just can't do it.
Brad Lucht
Barry did a masterful job of drawing you into the world of Tommy Sands. Told in a conversational style, one becomes immersed in the world in which the child grows up.

The book starts with a young Tommy living in the slums of London. Soon a baby sister appears, Elspeth. Living under such harsh conditions could harden a child, but instead Tommy becomes an empathetic figure, developing the ability to put himself, on an emotional level, into another person's shoes.

We are told the story of Tommy and h
This was a difficult read. The thing to remember is that this was written during and for a specific time. Most of us do not have the knowledge to completely understand the language and events and customs that are present in the story. I continued reading only because I am reading through all of J.M. Barrie's works. The story had some classic Barrie lines in it - beautifully crafted. I enjoyed the story and the characters more as the book went on. I won't read it again but I am glad I stuck with ...more
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Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan.

The child of a family of small-town weavers, he was educated in Scotland. He moved to London, where he developed a career as a novelist and playwright. There he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired him in writing about a baby boy who has
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