Tom Jones Paperback – Nov 17 1994
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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.
From School Library Journal
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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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.
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This is an excellent edition of one of the world's ten best novels, according to Somerset Maugham's list of the world's best novels. It is both scholarly and fun to read. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2011 by Pierre A. Beauchamp
Tom Jones was probably the best novel I have ever had the opportunity to read, the very memory of certain incidents in the novel can still make me laugh. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003 by Nancy Wall
Tom Jones is probably one of the greatest novels in all of English literature. I imagine some might be put off by the length and by its designation as a classic (something which... Read morePublished on June 14 2002 by M. A Newman
How do you write a review on what may be the best novel ever written. Charming and wonderfuly written and still hold up almost 300 years later. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2001 by Kim F. Hill
I'm reading this book in the Wordsworth Classics edition now (about 150 pages from the end). Obviously, this is one of the world's great books--I particularly enjoy the essays the... Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2001
This was the first book I read in this literary period and genre, and was also the cause of my love affair with 18th century british satire. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2000
Journey with a guy with much testosterone, but a HUGE heart. I was not looking forward to reading this book for my 18th Century British novel class, but upon starting to read I... Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2000 by Logophile LMO
Tom Jones is a sophisticated, beautifully written novel about a fondling who ends up becoming a dashing lover. Do not miss the stunning essays which open each section. Read morePublished on March 3 2000 by Ingles