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The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (Penguin Classics) Paperback – September 27, 2005
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Fielding crafted his novel almost perfectly; of the 18 chapters in the book, the first third take place on Squire Allworthy's and Squire Western's country estates, the second third on the road to London, and the third in London itself. In the exact middle of the book is the hilarious adventure at the inn at Upton, where all the characters, unknown to each other, briefly converge.Read more ›
The action of the novel begins with a view of the Allworthy family, a landed gentleman, Thomas Allworthy and his sister, Bridget. Into this family is dropped an orphan, a foundling - a child, if you will, of questionable parentage. This child, Tom Jones, is raised alongside Bridget's child, Blifil, as relative equals. Both are tutored by two ideologues, the philosopher Square and the theologian Thwackum. Jones is a precocious, free-spirited youngster, spoiled by Allworthy while Blifil, the heir apparent to the estate, becomes the favourite pupil and spoiled accordingly by his mother. As the two youths age, Tom develops a fondness for the neighbour's daughter, Sophia Western.
Tom's sexual development begins to get him in trouble, as it tends to throughout the novel, and as a result of one such incident, coupled with the goading jealousy of Blifil, Tom is driven out of the Allworthy home, left to seek his fortunes in the world. Meeting his supposed father, Partridge, on the road, the two begin a quixotic ramble across England. Sophia, meanwhile, pressured into marrying Blifil, runs away from home, beginning her own voyage of discovery.
"Tom Jones" begins with the narrator likening literature to a meal, in which the paying customer comes expecting to be entertained and satisfied.Read more ›
Although I am a fan of Jane Austen I was shocked by the freshness and wit that Fielding's writing still retains. Every book in the novel begins with an essay by the author. Do not skip these, they are one of the best features of the book. My favorite is the essay before the ninth book which explains the purpose of these introductory chapters. What a riot!
The story of big hearted and big appetited Tom Jones and his adventures and misadventures is one long satirical gem. Fielding's interpretation of morals, piousness, love, and high society is still as hilarious and relevant as it was in the 18th century. For anyone who appreciates wit and history, this is a must read.
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Tom Jones is probably the most influential novel in English history, pioneering elements like complex characterization, social criticism and authorial interjection. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alexander Kobulnicky
It's a literary masterpiece and others have reviewed it over the years.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had to get this novel for a class. The novel looks great and has some gorgeous art work on it. However, from the first page to the last page, I just can't describe the sadness I... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lucas Foley
I gave this book a try because it's been touted as one of the finest English novels ever written.
The novel began slowly as it laid out the various characters and their... Read more
A classic story of a foundling who's character leads to many adventures until at the end the discovery of his parentage allows him to enter polite societyPublished 5 months ago by Bill
A must-read, but by modern sensibilities, it could have stood to have a bit more editing.Published 5 months ago by Howard M. Zaritsky