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The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom

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1753. Smollett was a man of letters in the fullest sense. Trained as a physician, he was not only a novelist but also a playwright, poet, journalist, historian, travel writer, critic, translator, and editor. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom is Smollett's third novel. The book leads the reader through the life and adventures of the villainous dandy, Ferdinand, Count ...more
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 512 pages
Published July 3rd 1990 by Penguin Books (first published 1753)
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May 12, 2011 Henry Avila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The hero or antihero, as some harsh readers might say, of our story Count Fathom; travels with his mother an angel of mercy and camp follower.She kindly puts wounded soldiers out of their misery ,with a sharp knife(don't call it murder!), and picks up a few trinkets from the deceased.The mother's great work is stopped, by a villain shooting her. A generous German officer takes the nine year old future count and raises the boy. Our hero later pays back his benefactor, by removing some items from ...more
Oct 29, 2013 Neale rated it it was ok
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‘Ferdinand Count Fathom’ was the first book in which Smollett relied on invention rather than experience. The upside of this is that he creates a series of incidents which intriguingly prefigure the Gothic style of a later era; the downside is that the book is simply not very good, despite a strong opening chapter and some fine creepy moments.

As a book, ‘Fathom’ is almost entirely cynical. Its protagonist (who is certainly no hero) has almost no redeeming features. Unfortunately, this does not l
Jul 12, 2016 Karen marked it as to-read
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A series of adventures following the anti-hero Fathom. A rake and scoundrel in the 18th century.
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Tobias George Smollett was born in Dalquhurn, now part of Renton, Scotland, to a prosperous family and educated at the University of Glasgow, where he studied to be a physician. Later he joined the British Royal Navy as a surgeon's mate. He was present at the disastrous battle of Cartagena, in 1741, against the Spanish. He married a British woman Anne Lascelles, in Jamaica, 1747,and returned to En ...more
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