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The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling 2016 s entry for my Big Ass Summer Read shelf Some books stand before us like mountains, daring us to cast the first hooks and lines and pierce its imposing walls with ice ax and spiked boots and ascend Though the challenge is certainly there on the lower slopes there are boulders and loose gravel to stump the overconfident things seem genial enough, the cracks and the outcroppings give us enough to work with and there s sufficient flat ground for respite.But Henry Fielding sThe History of Tom Jones, A Foundlingis no easy climb to say the least among the 8,000 meter peaks of literature Not only are there sheer walls of slick ice and sudden avalanches, but there are other seemingly endless obstacles and diversionary paths that make the ascent seem longer than it ought And to make things interesting, Fielding seems to have coated the ice with an additional layer of oil.That s what his reader is up against, and what Fielding s protagonist, the bastard foundling Tom Jones, faces in his uphill and seemingly hopeless quest to be united with his lost love, Sophia Western, in a life journey that encompasses for most of its length a picaresque series of raucous episodes on the dusty, dangerous roads from Somersetshire to London and back again As the story circles back on itself and resolves a slew of prolific and intricate complications, the reader must endure indulgent authorial digressions, e 809 17 18 A Foundling Of Mysterious Parentage Brought Up By Mr Allworthy On His Country Estate, Tom Jones Is Deeply In Love With The Seemingly Unattainable Sophia Western, The Beautiful Daughter Of The Neighboring Squire Though He Sometimes Succumbs To The Charms Of The Local Girls When Tom Is Banished To Make His Own Fortune And Sophia Follows Him To London To Escape An Arranged Marriage, The Adventure Begins A Vivid Hogarthian Panorama Of Eighteenth Century Life, Spiced With Danger And Intrigue, Bawdy Exuberance And Good Natured Authorial Interjections, Tom Jones Is One Of The Greatest And Most Ambitious Comic Novels In English Literature Includes A Chronology, Suggestions For Further Reading, Notes, Glossary, And An Appendix Of Fielding S Revisions Introduction Discusses Narrative Tecniques And Themes, The Context Of Eighteenth Century Fiction And Satire, And The Historical And Political Background Of The Jacobite RevolutionFor Than Seventy Years, Penguin Has Been The Leading Publisher Of Classic Literature In The English Speaking World With Than 1,700 Titles, Penguin Classics Represents A Global Bookshelf Of The Best Works Throughout History And Across Genres And Disciplines Readers Trust The Series To Provide Authoritative Texts Enhanced By Introductions And Notes By Distinguished Scholars And Contemporary Authors, As Well As Up To Date Translations By Award Winning Translators. 2005 Penguin Classics editionFor at least twenty years before I read Tom Jones, misleading book covers gave me the wrong impression of the hero I had heard once or twice that it s actually the ladies who throw themselves at Jones cue GIF of the Welsh singer with knicker flinging audience but this idea never quite stuck A few years ago, I watched the 1960s film adaptation, which I think showed this, but it was silly and flimsy it was Carry on 18th Century and I didn t take it seriously As memory of it faded, my underlying feeling about the novel was again strongly influenced by two and a half decades of UK book jackets, on which painted 18th century rakes grab at women who look rather less keen than they do in some cases the women are outright distressed In current parlance, it all looks a bit rapey In that lineage, the cover of this Penguin Classics edition showing Gillray s cartoon Fashionable Contrasts an edition I otherwise recommend for its thorough notes and introduction may also give an impression of a lady, er, imposed upon And over the last couple of years I ve found the image unpleasant than humorous due to Steve Bell s redrawing of it to feature Donald Trump and Theresa May There s don t judge a book by its cover , and then there s a consistent pattern of themed images over 25 years, whose repetitiveness feels meaningful Yes, it s an 18th century n If a crazed literature professor ever holds a gun to your head and threatens to pull the trigger if you don t read one of two interminable, gazillion page satirical British novels that would be Vanity Fair of the 19th Century or Tom Jones of the 18th Century , I recommend you choose Tom Jones Tom Jones is original some say it s the first modern novel , way funnier than VF, and even has a few naughty bits to make you giggle though tame by modern standards To read Vanity Fair, you need to brush up your Napoleonic Wars For Tom Jones, you need to brush up just a bit on your Jacobites, and that conflict isn t quite so central to the story, so, in that way, Tom Jones is a bit less work Vanity Fair really is about vanity Tom Jones is about human nature, as Fielding reminds you again and again in his amusing blowhard author introductions to each of the books in the Fielding being mentioned, Johnson exclaimed, he was a blockhead and upon my expressing astonishment at so strange an assertion, he said What I mean by his being a blockhead is that he was a barren rascal BOSWELL Will you not allow, Sir, that he draws very natural pictures of human life JOHNSON Why, Sir, it is of very low lifeJames Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson I have been Tom Jones a child s Tom Jones, a harmless creature for a week altogether. Charles Dickens, David Copperfield Imagine you are at a dreadful party If you re like me, this will not be a difficult task The conversation is stale, the beer is staler, and there isn t even anyone to flirt with You go to the bathroom out of boredom, and then wander aimlessly through the house for the same reason In a back room, far removed from the other party guests, you find a man watching a movie He s laughing, laughing so hard he s in tears, and hardly has the breath to say hello when he sees you Oh, sorry, he says when he catches his breath Excuse me, please This movie, I love it Would you care to join me Not having anything else to do, you gratefully accept, despite his rascally and unkempt appearance Indeed, the moment you get a closer look at him, you see that he s dressed in a tattered jacket and wears a patchy beard But he s smiling amiably, and in any case there s no turning back now The fellow kindly consents to start the film from the beginn 18.. Around the world the trip begins with a kiss Roam, The B 52 s, 1989I enjoyed this 1749 comic novel follows the life and adventures of young Tom Jones in a picaresque panorama of 18th century Britain Squire Allworthy found Tom in his bed as a newborn infant The kind but gullible Allworthy raises Tom, who falls in love with the attractive neighbor Sophia Western Unfortunately, Sophia s irascible, short tempered dad has agreed, against Sophia s wishes, to give her hand in marriage to Squire Allworthy s repulsive 975 Tom Jones The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, Henry FieldingThe History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, often known simply as Tom Jones, is a comic novel by the English playwright and novelist Henry Fielding The novel is both a Bildungsroman and a picaresque novel First published on 28 February 1749 in London, Tom Jones is among the earliest English prose works describable as a novel and is the earliest novel mentioned by W Somerset Maugham in his 1948 book Great Novelists and Their Novels among the ten best novels of the world Totaling 346,747 words, it is divided into 18 smaller books, each preceded by a discursive chapter, often on topics unrelated to the book itself It is dedicated to George Lyttleton The kindly and wealthy Squire Allworthy and his sister Bridget are introduced in their wealthy estate in Somerset Allworthy returns from London after an extended business trip and finds an abandoned baby sleeping in his bed He summons his housekeeper, Mrs Deborah Wilkins, to take care of the child After searching the nearby village, Mrs Wilkins is told about a young woma Here s another wonderful 18th century novel that blows up the easy breezy Shibboleth of show, don t tell Here the narrator tells and tells, and I laughed and laughed, and the plot moved like a fine engine through adventure after misadventure.

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