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History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (English Edition) par [Fielding, Henry]
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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.

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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.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Sidekick in Early-Modern Literature. 28 avril 2016
Par Alexander Kobulnicky - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Tom Jones is probably the most influential novel in English history, pioneering elements like complex characterization, social criticism and authorial interjection. But you already knew that.

What you want to know is, is this a good book for us in the 21st century. And here, it's not so clear. The dialogue is pretty brisk, and some of the exchanges (the stereotypical Whig Mrs. Western arguing with her Jacobite brother is a particular treat) are actually funny. The latter part of the novel evolves into a farce, with a dozen characters engaged in scheming against one another, while Tom and Sophia helplessly go along. Farce works better in drama, where it has a faster pace, but it's always a welcome mode of comedy. You don't see enough farces.

Some of the characters are evocative (why do I picture Blifil as looking like Ted Cruz?) but some are not: Dowling is just a lawyer, and Mrs. Miller is a good woman, like thousands who have come since, and that's all there is to it. It's not as if every character needs to, or can, be a fully realized person, but the parts of the novel spent with these human plot devices do feel mechanical.

But Mr. Partridge, Tom's traveling companion, is in a different category altogether, and he just poisons the parts of the novel that he features in (chiefly the middle third). Eighteenth Century literature has a depressing reliance on goofy loose-lipped sidekicks: Mr. Partridge, Hugh Strap, Humphrey Clinker, Andrew Fairservice, Friday. Sometimes they're servants, but sometimes they're just stupid friends.

Part of this must be practical: It's difficult to follow a wandering hero (and why are the heroes of these novels always wandering? But that's a different question altogether) without giving him a friend to talk to. Maybe early novelists had a hard time sketching characters who didn't have a way to discuss the ongoing action.

But mostly, I think this is the bad influence of Don Quixote, which was becoming increasingly popular in England during this period. Sancho Panza is OK, and he's certainly the funniest element of that leaden tome. But Mr. Partridge *is* Sancho Panza, cowardice, superstition and all, and one Sancho Panza was more than enough. You know? There's a limited number of things that a silly, selfless, lazy pal can do, and it's hard to read about the same old doofus, yet again.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Surprisingly readable 2 mai 2014
Par Umbras - Publié sur
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I took a break from it in the middle, but now I finally finished it. It's worth it for the writer's voice and sarcastic observations. Much easier to read than I expected. There is even a plot. The only real obstacle to enjoying it is the characters.

The world created by the author is a hostile place. 95% of the characters will hang you for a penny. Another 4% will do it out of pure malice. The remaining 1% will condemn you because you're not up to their grotesque moral standards. Chances of survival: 0. But there's a way out of this: simply marry the money or have a title drop into your lap. Then your enemies will turn into your friends, insurmountable obstacles will dissolve, and the hostile world will embrace you, becoming a welcoming place. I didn't enjoy that world, and I'm glad it ended with the book.

The only sensible character was the "whore" Mrs. Waters. To compare this to space, she is the only one coming from Earth, while all the others are from Neptune and dark reaches of outer space. But I dare not say more, lest I be compared to the "devil's most welcome guest".
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Sometimes hard to read :| 19 avril 2017
Par Luisfer - Publié sur
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The writing is a bit hard to follow sometimes. The dialogues and descriptions are written in a way-too elegant form, I'd say and I got lost many times in its intricacies... I am a native Spanish speaker and only learned English as a second language, but I'm confident even native-English speakers will agree with me with this opinion. A good book nevertheless.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Foundling for the Ages 8 juin 2015
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I think Henry Fielding may have created the most perfect novel in the English Language, not only up to 1749, but for quite some time thereafter. The love of language, insight into character, and mastery of developing a complex plot that he demonstrates here are exactly those skills every writer needs to take readers along on such a grand adventure as this. Tom Jones himself is one of the most likeable and set-upon characters every written, and the deeds and misdeeds and intentions and misunderstandings of the characters who hold his fate in their hands (as well as his own propensity for doing exactly the wrong thing for all the right reasons) propel him onto a journey filled with love and fun and scrapes and scraps and predicaments that readers will remember forever.

Fielding is very much a character in his own narrative, and his wry, sly commentary enriches every page of this wonderful book.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Heavy on the Philosophy 22 avril 2017
Par Beatrice C. Vore - Publié sur
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I'm sure it became a classic for a reason. The story line and characters were good but Fielding's need to wax eloquent on his philosophy and theology made the book top-heavy in my opinion. Yet some of his philosophy was pretty good when I would actually force myself to read. Mostly I just skipped those parts because I was worried about his character, poor Tom Jones. Likening death to attending a banquet in which some leave earlier than others was an interesting way of looking at the grim reaper.
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