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Joseph Andrews, Volume 2

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: 
. . . several parts of tragedy, and which he says are included in the action; I am at a loss whether I should rather admire the exactness of his judgment in the nice distinction or the immensity of his imagination in their variety. For, as to the former of these, how accurately is the sedate, injured resentment of Achilles, distinguished from the hot, insulting passion of Agamemnon! How widely doth the brutal courage of Ajax differ from the amiable bravery of Diomedes; and the wisdom of Nestor, which is the result of long reflection and experience, from the cunning of Ulysses, the effect of art and subtlety only! If we consider their variety, we may cry out, with Aristotle in his 24th chapter, that no part of this divine poem is destitute of manners. Indeed, I might affirm that there is scarce a character in human nature untouched in some part or other. And, as there is no passion which he is not able to describe, so is there none in his reader which he cannot raise. If he hat. . . 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 Görüşle...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, broth...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...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 throug...more

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