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Tom Jones Paperback – Nov 17 1994

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  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc (Np); 2nd ed. edition (Nov. 17 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393965945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393965940
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,160,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It was about time I read "Tom Jones." Fielding's 1749 novel gives us a panoramic view of 18th century British life. Its titular hero journeys among the low- and high-born trying to find his way in a world in which he occupies a precarious position. Fielding uses the sprawl of 800 pages to explore a multitude of social, political, and literary issues, gluing them together with an exquisitely outlandish, fully embodied sense of humour.
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.
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Tackling 'Tom Jones' took a ton of time! Yet, I'm forced to admit, I really didn't like it all that much, though I found it sort of quaint and charming. Sure, I love the warm blooded, noble spirited Tom and Allworthy and Sophia; understood the oafish, but decent bumpkin Western and loathed the sneaking Bilfil. However, the book's predictable boy gets girl and reinstated etc happy ending rang false to me, being entirely too predictable. From the get go, I knew that Tom would get the gorgeous Sophia, and, somehow, end up rich; I only wished he'd done it on his own rather than through the mawkish trick Fielding plays of having him inherit wealth. Nor was Bilfil getting his just deserts a suprise. All these things, the reader had a feeling would happen. The only question was how. I will never question Fielding's mastery of plotting, but, since we all knew how it would shake out in the end, what was the point? One can sense in Fielding the overly sentimental English novel which blossomed with Dickens, which is an art form which doesn't, unfortuneatly, appeal to me. Only after Conrad, I feel, does the English novel take on the weight it deserves. My other problem with the work was its sheer wordiness... Though in this, I must admit, I'm sort of spoiled by a love for Hemmingway's precision, though not his attitudes. All in all, I enjoyed "Tom Jones", but found it not unlike those charming Hollywood films of the thirties and forties, filled with good feelings and happy endings, but lacking a certain depth that scrupulous realism can lend a work.
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Fielding had the gift of being satirical, funny and thought-provoking all at the same time. He was not a big fan of the existing monarchy and polished his gift for wit to expose the folly of the many notables in his day by writing for a London Paper. Anyway the story is about a baby who is mysteriously left at the doorstep of a rich and socially favored bachelor named Squire Allworthy. He takes the child in and raises him as his own son, much to the chagrin of Allworthy's nephew who feels his inheritance is threatened by the child. The story is about the childs fall from the graces of Allworthy (with a lot of help from his nephew) and the childs' later redemption. Throughout though Fielding constantly keeps the tone perfectly balanced between sorrow and satire. We as the reader are always being rewarded by Fielding with a nugget of insight on human nature and its many flaws in the funniest ways. One of the best books I've ever read. Throughly modern as well.
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I am tempted to say that just as Marlowe paved the way for Shakespeare, Fielding paved the way for Dickens. I do not have one single complaint about this book. The images are wonderfully portrayed. The main character Tom has many dimensions. He is a rogue, a bumbler, and a womanizer. But at the same time he is heroic, brave, and honorable. Mr. Allworthy is memorable as the virtuous guardian of Tom. Sophia is memorable as a woman with a mind of her own. One of the greatest things about this book is that even though it is over 800 pages long, it is NEVER boring. We are either in suspense, feeling pity, feeling sorrow, or trying to control our laughter. This was the 3rd book I read in History of the Novel. While I did not like the first 2 at all, I REALLY liked this one. It is interesting that Charles Dickens mentions this book in his "David Copperfield" (1850). If you like this book, you MUST see the movie where Albert Finney plays Tom.
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