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Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
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Jul 26, 11


Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones is long and hard. This is appropriate considering how many women Tom manages to bed down in this 18th century tome. Tom Jones, a bastard (literally) adopted by a kindly country gentleman pines for his true love, Sophia. Through various misunderstanding and hijinks, Tom boinks his way through the countryside while somehow maintaining his inner decency and, oddly enough, a certain moral fidelity to Sophia.



Perhaps largely due to this novel being 260 years old, the language is a bit of an obstacle to the modern reader, but many of the insights and comedy are still sharp and relevant. If you are willing to make the time for a slow and careful reading this novel is worth the time. If you are just looking for a quick airplane read you should give this a pass.

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