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Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
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Tom Jones (1749)

by Henry Fielding

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Fielding is a master craftsman! In this book he managed to make loving into an art and embellished it with great humor. Don't we all wish we lived life with the same vigor?! ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
When Squire Allworthy returns home to find someone has left a baby boy in his bed, his sense of charity prompts him to adopt young Tom Jones and raise him almost as a son. When the Squire’s sister and brother-in-law die, he also adopts his nephew, Mr. Blifil, whose animosity towards Tom grows over the years until he is able deceive the Squire into thinking Tom has committed an unpardonable offense and gets Tom thrown out of the house. To make matters more complicated, Tom and his neighbor’s daughter, Sophia, are in love, although both know that they can never marry because he is too far beneath her. When Tom is thrown out of the house and Sophia runs away to avoid being forced to marry Mr. Blifil, a man she hates, they both end up in London after many adventures on the road. In the end, everyone who deserves to lives happily ever after.

At 800 pages of small font, this is difficult to get through, but it is enjoyable. Fielding introduces each chapter with an essay on morality which is intended more to make fun of his contemporaries than it is to instruct the reader. These get tedious after a while, but they are fun when you first realize what he’s doing. Overall, I enjoyed the humor of the novel, but I wish it had been significantly shorter.
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  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
A great book. It's very similar to his earlier novel Joseph Andrews, with like characters, plot and themes but here writ much larger and full of the same energy. ( )
  Lukerik | Oct 20, 2015 |
I read tons of nineteenth-century novels these days, and have pretty much totally adapted to their style of storytelling. Apparently that does not extend back to the eighteenth century, because I found this allegedly humorous book tedious in the extreme. It just goes on and on and on but nothing ever seems to actually happen. If someone told you what happened in this book, you would laugh, but actually reading it, you do not. Maybe this makes me a Philistine, but if so, then I'm a Philistine who loves Adam Bede, and I'm content with that.

There are two things I did like: Fielding's chapter titles ("Containing curious, but not unprecedented Matter", "A little Chapter, in which is contained a little Incident", "Short and sweet") and Fielding's prologues to each of the eighteen books, where he lays out his theories on critics, drama, comedy, and even prologues (that one was, of course, my favorite).

The endnotes of my Penguin English Library edition (apparently back in the 1960s, "Penguin Classics" were only works in translation, i.e., actual classics, so this series contained their editions of English literature) would have been much more useful if they'd been marked in text.
  Stevil2001 | Oct 9, 2015 |
A ribald tale about an attractive man pursued by various women. A funny, irreverent work, well written and memorable. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
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Fielding, Henryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alopaeus, MarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bender, JohnEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chappell, WarrenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cleland, T. M.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hutchins, Robert MEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kermode, FrankAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keymer, TomEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kronenberger, LouisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mutter, R.P.CEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saintsbury, GeorgeEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sergi, PinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sherburn, George WileyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Singleton, Ralph H.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Stern, SimonEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To the Honourable George Lyttleton, Esq.;  One of the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury
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An author ought to consider himself, not as a gentleman who gives a private or eleemosynary treat, but rather as one who keeps a public ordinary, at which all persons are welcome for their money.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0140430091, Paperback)

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.

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Chronicles the romantic adventures of mysterious orphan Tom Jones, a reckless yet personable young man, as he falls in love with the unattainable Sophia Western, the beautiful daughter of a neighboring squire.

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