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The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (Penguin Classics) Paperback – September 27, 2005
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Tom Jones isn't a bad guy, but boys just want to have fun. Nearly two and a half centuries after its publication, the adventures of the rambunctious and randy Tom Jones still makes for great reading. I'm not in the habit of using words like bawdy or rollicking, but if you look them up in the dictionary, you should see a picture of this book. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Grade 9 Up-A full caste dramatization brings to life this romp through 18th century England.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I ordered this ages ago because I needed it for an English class. It's free, public domain, and worked with my screenreader thus making it blind friendly so I'm content. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
The second funniest novel I ever read. (The first was Fielding's Joseph Andrews.) I love how Fielding just describes the actions and words of his characters and doesn't get... Read morePublished 2 months ago by vernon
I wanted to read this book because I knew it was a classic and do enjoy the classics, for the most part. The ones that I have not enjoyed have been few and far between. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tina H
I read Tom Jones many moons ago, and didn't recall much of it. Then I read an interview with Marlon James, the author of among other work 'A Brief History of Six Killing," who... Read morePublished 4 months ago by JackOfMostTrades
If I were to review the core tale, I would have given this 4 stars, but seeing as the book is interspersed with much author-voice moralising and musing making a very long book far... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr. J. M. Haines
This novel has lots of description and also the authors philosophy on life that modern readers might become impatient with, but I found it a very interesting read.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the great novels. If you have not read it, your cultural literacy is deficient.Published 4 months ago by Jeffrey R. Myers