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Joseph Andrews, Volume 1

Henry Fielding

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Joseph Andrews was the first published full-length novel of the English author and magistrate Henry Fielding, and indeed among the first novels in the English language. Defined by Fielding as a ‘comic romance,’ it is the story of a good natured footman's adventures on the road home from London with his friend and mentor, the absent-minded parson Abraham Adams.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .is lady, to go on her errands, stand behind her chair, wait at her tea-table, and carry her prayer-book to church; at which place his voice gave him an opportunity of distinguishing himself by singing psalms: he behaved likewise in every other respect so well at Divine service, that it recommended him to the notice of Mr Abraham Adams, the curate, who took an opportunity one day, as he was drinking a cup of ale in Sir Thomas's kitchen, to ask the young man several questions concerning religion; with his answers to which he was wonderfully pleased.

CHAPTER III.

Of Mr Abraham Adams the curate, Mrs Slipslop the chambermaid, and others.

Mr Abraham Adams was an excellent scholar. He was a perfect master of the Greek and Latin languages; to which he added a great share of knowledge in the Oriental tongues; and could read and translate French, Italian, and Spanish. He had applied many years to the most severe study, and had treasur. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Winning the battle with this novel was one of my bigger achievements this year.

Oh lucky Henry Fielding!

Henry Fielding is really one of those blessed people who can count themselves lucky since in Samuel Richardson he had found a man he could despise and abhor – or at least if he could not the man, then his works. When this spirit of enmity, abhorrence and scorn is felt by a...more

E’ stata una sorpresa, non mi aspettavo mi divertisse così un romanzo scritto nel 1700. “Joseph Andrews” può dirsi un mix tra un romanzo picaresco, un’opera edificante di contenuto moralistico e una critica severa ai costumi e alla società dell’epoca. Ed in più voleva essere soprattutto, nelle in...more

Joseph Andrews’ın başına gelen olayları sürükleyici ve mizahi bir şekilde okuyucuya sunan "Joseph Andrews", "Don Quijote"den aldığı ilhamla bir yandan pikaresk türünü başarılı bir şekilde sürdürürken diğer yandan kendinden sonraki Laurence Sterne’in "Tristam Shandy Beyefendi’nin Hayatı ve Görüşleri" veya Voltaire’in "Candide" eseri gi...more

Lady Booby.....I can't think of the name without grinning.

I suppose that I could just say for this review 'Not nearly as good as Tom Jones and leave it at that but it probably deserves a little more.

Firstly, this really isn't a stand alone - it's a parody of Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded (although you don't really have to have read it - I haven't yet - so...more

Joseph Andrews is an 18th century picaresque novel, which means your likelihood of enjoying it will depend largely on your yen for country lanes, coaches, inns, innkeepers, alehouses, firesides, drunkards, con artists, storytellers, highwaymen, and other assorted creatures and landmarks one is li...more

Henry Fielding devoted a fair amount of literary energy to satirizing his contemporaries, in particular Samuel Richardson, whose Pamela is considered one of the earliest instances of the English novel. After the more overtly satirical Shamela, Fielding invented the character Joseph Andrews, brother to Pamela,...more

OMG! I laughed a lot!!
It's really important to read something like this every now and then!
The funny thing is that this was written as a response to another novel "Pamela"!
It's usually said that it is easy to mock something, but it is difficult to create something new! That is why Fieldings is truly genius! He prove...more

Yesterday I had a small insight concerning my impressions of Joseph Andrews: when I picture Joseph and his friend Parson Adams traveling the English countryside, the weather is always clear, the sunlight a welcoming gold. Yet when I see Don Quixote and Sancho Panza on their similar journey through Spain,...more

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