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History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

Henry Fielding

Book Overview: 

Tom Jones is a foundling discovered on the property of a very kind, wealthy landowner, Squire Allworthy. Tom grows into a vigorous and lusty, yet honest and kind-hearted, youth. He develops affection for his neighbor’s daughter, Sophia Western. However, Tom’s status as a bastard causes Sophia’s father and Allworthy to oppose their love. The book sizzles with prostitution and plenty of sexual promiscuity.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Jones to take his beer too: for no quack ever held his nostrum to be a more general panacea than he did this; which, he said, had more virtue in it than was in all the physic in an apothecary's shop. He was, however, by much entreaty, prevailed on to forbear the application of this medicine; but from serenading his patient every hunting morning with the horn under his window, it was impossible to withhold him; nor did he ever lay aside that hallow, with which he entered into all companies, when he visited Jones, without any regard to the sick person's being at that time either awake or asleep.

This boisterous behaviour, as it meant no harm, so happily it effected none, and was abundantly compensated to Jones, as soon as he was able to sit up, by the company of Sophia, whom the squire then brought to visit him; nor was it, indeed, long before Jones was able to attend her to the harpsichord, where she would kindly condescend, for hours together, to charm him with the. . . Read More

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Who reads this and laughs not at all may be forgiven only as a simpleton, and does not comprehend.

Who reads this and laughs but a little is too dour and prideful to be of much use, and only laughs when he cannot help it.

Who reads this and laughs a score is the wretched false-wit, and only laughs...more

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[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 loo...more

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. T...more

2005 Penguin Classics edition

For 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 t...more

دوستانِ گرانقدر، این رمانِ بلند، در اصل از چهار جلد و 18 بخشِ اصلی و طولانی، تشکیل شده است و میتوان گفت که داستانی بسیار خسته کننده است
شخصیت اصلی این داستان، جوانی به نامِ <تام جونز> است که پدر و مادرِ خویش را در کودکی گُم کرده و آنها را نمیشناسد.. زمانی که تام خردسال بوده است، مردی ثروتمند...more

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.

Around the world the trip begins with a kiss
"Roam," The B-52's, 1989

I 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 rai...more

بالاخره این 809 صفحه هم تمام شد اما پایانش میارزید به تمام وقتی که سر این کتاب گذاشته ام , داستان به قدری نبض خوب و هیجان انگیزی داشت و به موقع اتفاقات و زندگی شخصیت ها بالا و پایین میرفت که دلم نمیامد به دلیل سنگینی زیاد خود کتاب ! و خستگی دست ها برای نگه داشتن این کتاب قطور ! و چشم ها برای خوان...more

975. Tom Jones = The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, Henry Fielding
The 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 Feb...more

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