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Tom Jones

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  20,478 ratings  ·  572 reviews
One of the great comic novels in the English language, Tom Jones was an instant success when it was published in 1749: Ten thousand copies were sold in its first year. A foundling, Tom is discovered one evening by the benevolent Squire Allworthy and his sister Bridget and brought up as a son in their household until it is time for him to set out in search of both his fortu ...more
Paperback, Penguin Popular Classics, 864 pages
Published January 13th 1994 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1749)
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Keely
Mar 13, 2008 Keely rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Keely by: Ama
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 when it suits his crowd.

Who reads and laughs but once a chapter has a mirthful soul, if no great love for words.

Who reads and laughs at every page shall be my boon companion, and a kiss for each grinning
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Ford Maddox Ford on Tom Jones ; from The March of Literature.

“...only paralleled in nauseous prurience and hypocrisy by the introductions to chapters of Fielding’s Tom Jones.” (498)

“...has always seemed to the writer to be one of the most immoral books ever written...” (ibid)

“...if you are lousy, and I use the word on purpose, you will live like a louse and, if there is a hell, go to hell. And what other word could describe Tom Jones--the miserable parasite who was forever wreathed, whining abou
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Kate
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. Tom Jones is more original (some say it’s the first modern novel), ‘way funnier than VF, and even has a few naughty bits to make you giggle—though tame by modern standards. To read Vanity Fair, you need t ...more
Robert
Wowzas! What a lot of waffle!

The history of the novel is perhaps one of a decline in the use of the Authorial Voice, which was still quite prevalent in the Victorian era.

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Vanessa Wu
I've seen a lot of people telling writers to build a platform. I disagree. What they should be building is a personality.

Writing experts drone on about an author's voice. They're not wrong. But your voice is just a means to express your personality.

Misled by writers of genius like T.S. Eliot and Flaubert, some authorities stress revision. They force you to focus on smoothness of style. They want you to rewrite everything until your personality completely disappears.

That's okay if you have been w
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Steven Greenberg
One of the earliest--and probably still the greatest of English novels, Tom Jones is still a delight to read and savor after 250 years. Richardson's film, which captures the world of 1750 England with extraordinary fidelity, is still a must--and one of the greatest movies of all time, by the way. But the book itself! I read it first in a lit class in my pre-med undergrad days--and I was astounded! Astounded that this fellow Fielding was chatting with me wittily and poignantly through the centuri ...more
Alex
900 pages later, I can confirm what my friend Wales told me: this book has nothing to do with the Tom Jones who asked, "What's new, pussycat?"

Instead, it's a massive blow-up of a classic Shakespeare comedy that exactly follows the classic structure: our likable heroes are introduced; a series of miscommunications and devious acts by rivals conspire to rend them apart; you know how act V goes in these things, and you'll see it coming here as soon as you realize this book is a comedy, which if it'
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Katie
Tom Jones is hands down the dumbest book ever written. Before reading this dreck, I had thought Pamela had that title on lockdown, but I was mistaken. I still think Pamela is horrible (all 500 pages can be summarized in two sentences: Master attempted to sexually assault me in the gazebo, o most wretched PAMELA. Master proposed marriage to unworthy PAMELA, o virtuous Master and most blesséd PAMELA.) but Tom Jones is longer - almost 1300 pages of pain - and stupid. Really, really stupid. Stupid i ...more
Gill
I very much enjoy reading this book (as a side read from The Novel: A Biography)

It's a long read (more than 900 pages), but I found it quite easy to read it. I didn't get bored at all. It didn't feel as if I was reading a book that was more than 200 years old.

The thing I like most about the book is its structure. It's divided into 18 smallish books, each of which is divided into chapters. The first chapter of each book is the narrator talking to the reader. I really enjoyed the feeling that the
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Justin Evans
So, I give this five stars, but, you know, not every five star book should be read by every person. If you have great patience, and are willing to admit that your tastes have been formed by the nineteenth century novel and then by certain aspects of modern literature; if you're willing to test your (my) assumption that novels are best when they're realistic or modernist; if you don't mind a bit of slap and tickle... then you should read this. If you want to judge a book based on whether its char ...more
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Right. So we watched this -- BBC ; 1997 ; five hours. Definitely not the BBC’s finest moment. That tendency toward a literalistic adaptation/translation fails more than it succeeds. They seem to have done well with Brideshead, but you can’t really fail with Jeremy Irons playing your narrative ear. Bleak House really was fantastic. Best thing really in this Tom Jones is quite predictably the thing they did with the pre-chapter essays Fielding wrote ; they threw in a narrator character. How else t ...more
DC
Review in few words:
A brilliant (genius!) book. I think what placed this book above a number of others (in my eyes, at least) are not only the poignant essays at the beginning of each book/chapter, but also the keenness and delicacy in the narration that Henry Fielding uses to take me, the reader, into the topsy-turvy life of the most unfortunate (?) Tom Jones.

Other details I enjoyed/noticed about the book:
- Tom Jones is a simple, handsome, seemingly perfect young fellow with one glaring defect
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Laura
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

The audio version can be found at LibriVox.

Book X - Chapter i:
Reader, it is impossible we should know what sort of person thou wilt be; for, perhaps, thou may'st be as learned in human nature as Shakespear himself was, and, perhaps, thou may'st be no wiser than some of his editors. Now, lest this latter should be the case, we think proper, before we go any farther together, to give thee a few wholesome admonitions; that thou may'st not as grossly misu
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Courtney
This was one of those thousand page books I had three days to read before moving on to the next masterpiece when I was an undergraduate English major. I remembered almost nothing about it, except for scraps from my professor's lecture, when my hunt for copyright-free classics for my e-book reader led me here. It was the first English-language novel, as we define them today, or one of the first, my professor told us. I'm pretty sure I also read a John Irving book once in which a main character ta ...more
Linds
I read a lot of historical romances and this book is actually very similar. Yes, it's a simple boy meets girl, boy loses girl, etc. But it's also funny, generous, perceptive of human nature, and excellent for showing the facets of hypocrisy people are capable of. It's a little epic coming of age journey with laughs as our hero goes through the wringer, some of it's his fault, and some just bad luck.

It's a credit to the author that a book written in the 1700's is easy to relate to almost 300 year
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Rebecca
Destestable. Just tedium punctuated with banalities. The hero's a guilded void. And the heroine is praised for never attempting opinions or wit. *aspires*
Fielding belittles other writers whilst citing critics as worse than murderers.

*shakes fist at hypocrisy*

Plus, it's supposed to be socially subversive but the hero is revealed as an heir.

My copy only escaped the cleansing flames cos I'd been indoctrinated with carbon footprint consciousness.

*refrains from underwear-throwing*
Genia Lukin
Tom Jones is considered the first novel. I can certainly see where it would be so, because in many ways it still has the hallmarks of a text that was not written with the flow of a story in mind.

It's interesting, entertaining, and in many ways quite sly, but it also manages to be rambly, lengthy, unnecessarily verbose - and coming from yours truly, with my own penchant for being verbose and high tolerance for purple prose and book length, this is not a compliment - and in dire need of a good, kn
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Janet
Oh, to have lived in Fielding’s time when instead of tirelessly talking about sex they just had it…all the time. Clergy jumping into the bushes with the scullery maids, casual encounters between not so weary travelers, whatever couplings you can imagine they are probably included in this 1034 page bawdy romp. Because apparently in 18th c England without the distractions of the Internet and video games there was a lot more time for sport f*cking. Ah, the nakedness, the intrigue, the machinations, ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
975. Tom Jones, Henry Fielding
سرگذشت تام جونز: کودک سر راهی - هنری فیلدینگ (نیلوفر) ادبیات
characters: Tom Jones, Squire Allworthy, Sophia Western

عنوان: «سرگذشت تام جونز کودک سرراهی»؛ اثر: «هنری فیلدینگ»؛ برگردان: «احمد کریمیحکاک»؛ نشر: «تهران، نیلوفر،، در چهل و ص»؛ شابک چاپ سوم: 9789644480782؛ چاپ دوم: پاییز 1368، چاپ سوم: زمستان 1377، چاپ چهارم: 1388، موضوع: داستانهای انگلیسی -- قرن م

تام جونز، که عنوان کامل آن «سرگذشت تام جونز کودک سر راهی» است؛ در ردیف «دون کیشوت»، «تریسترام شندی»، و «ژاک قض
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Mary
Jun 04, 2013 Mary rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Insomniatic lexophiles
Shelves: classics, read-2012, dnf
I just can't do it. Not for the sake of my on-line book club (who have finished it long ago), not for my own paranoia about missing something important, not for my strange compulsion to never leave a book unfinished. I have to draw the line somewhere, and I draw it at Henry Fielding's feet. I've left Tom Jones on my "currently-reading" shelf for months, thinking guilt could inspire me through the remaining 600+ pages, but the very thought of picking it up again drains the joy from my reading tim ...more
Yousra
هل أبدأ مراجعتي بالحديث عن الإبتسامة التي تعلو وجهي منذ أن انتهيت من الرواية؟ أم هل أكتفي بالحديث عن ظرف الرواية وامتاعها لي؟
:))

من الذي لا يحب توم جونس?

الحق يقال أن توم جونس هو شخص لطيف جدا ... يمتلك من الوسامة والشهامة وطيبة القلب ما يجعله محبوبا فعلا، ولا أعلم إن كان يمتلك من المكر والدهاء ما يمكنه من خداع محبوبته أم أن طيبة قلبه هي ما توقعه في مشاكل عاطفية -لو كنت من محبوبته ما كنت سامحته عليها :)- أم أنها بالفعل كانت تصدقه

ليس هذا فحسب، فبخلاف مشاكله العاطفية فإن توم يقع في مشاكل ومكائد بسبب
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Amber Tucker
Oft-hilarious but neverending plot; unquenchable narrator. A little too unquenchable, IMHO. Just remembering this novel (and I read it nearly a year ago) drains my head of words. Fielding's ego must have been truly elephantine to write Tom Jones in its existing, exhausting incarnation. I can sum it up, luckily, in five words: Incredible Classic, Too Fucking Long.
Eyehavenofilter
This has got to be the most fun anyone can have on a bawdy romp through sexual English history without actually having to participate in anything that involves eating, drinking, incest, mistaken identity, whoring, blackmail, kidnapping, baby selling, sword fighting, spanking, trespassing, sailing, or defecting to a foreign country!
Hooray for reading!
Jason Mills
A classic picaresque comic yarn. I started it when I was 17 and ploughed to a stop in a few pages, up to my neck in the treacle of eighteenth-century prose. Or perhaps sawdust rather than treacle: this is dry stuff, after all. But this time, with many more years and books under my belt, I was able to enjoy and even relish the orotund sentences, the disingenuous authorial posturing and the windy dialogue.

Briefly: Tom, a bastard, is taken under the wing of the benevolent Squire Allworthy, and late
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Steve
HEADLINE: The dirty parts in Tom Jones.


One of the very first novels is still one of the very best. This one has it all. A quite human and utterly charming hero. A heroine whom I myself have loved more truly than any woman of flesh and blood. And great villains! Great villains, the preëminent of which is the despicable Mr. Blifil.

Boy meets girl. Boy gets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy regains girl in a fashion sufficient to the songs of angels. This plot has never been executed better, and many have t
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Sherwood Smith
When I was a teenager, this book was forbidden. Naturally I had to buy it with my babysitting money to see what the fuss was about, especially as this was not long after the movie came out, which the adults all enjoyed.

My first reading? I saw the word 'bastard' and thought, that must be the problem. None of the rest of it made any sense. I abandoned it a couple chapters in.

Picked it up in college, found it quaint, the bed-hopping scarcely eye-brow raising. (This was the early seventies.)

That pap
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Kandice
I read this a long time ago and remember liking it. It was long, but I don't remember it feeling like a chore. I may have even liked it well enough for a five, but since I've forgotten some...I may just need to re-read it, or take the easy way and watch one of the movies or series. What I most recall was the things that they found so shocking weren't really all that shocking now. When you read a Victorian romance, somehow it makes you, while you are reading, feel outrage at a man making unwelcom ...more
Kelly
I'll give this line to Cecilia from Atonement: "Give me Fielding any day. Much more passionate."

This book is hilariously funny, riotous, chaotic, rip-roaring... and all those old fashioned adjectives for a damn good time. You know what, read this /and/ see the movie- its much more joyous if you've read it first, I think, but either way will do. It might take you a little to get into the lingo, but after that, it should be pretty smooth (and fun!) sailing.
Vasilios Kats
Ισως το απολαυστικοτερο μυθιστορημα που εχω διαβασει. ενα βιβλιο γεματο αισιοδοξα μηνυματα,με τη γραφη του Φιλντινγκ να σε εντυπωσιαζει καθε λεπτο. Το χιουμορ και μια ελαφρια ειρωνεια για τα ηθη και τα εθιμα της εποχης εκεινης , μου εκανε ακομη πιο ευχαριστη την ιστορια του πρωταγωνιστη Τομ.Θα μπορουσε καποιος,λογω του αισιου τελους,να το χαρακτηρισει σαν ενα ομρφο παραμυθι. ομως καθε αλλο παρα παραμυθι ειναι. οι πρωταγωνιστες του βιβλιου κινουνται ακρως ρεαλιστικα χωρις καμια δοση παραδοξου και ...more
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The granddaddy of comic fiction!

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Henry Fielding was born in Somerset in 1707. The son of an army lieutenant and a judge's daughter, he was educated at Eton School and the University of Leiden before returning to England where he wrote a series of farces, operas and light comedies.

Fielding formed his own company and was running the Little Theatre, Haymarket, when one of his satirical plays began to upset the government. The passin
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