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Joseph Andrews

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  4,785 ratings  ·  182 reviews
Joseph Andrews is in part a parody of Samuel Richardson's Pamela. But whereas Richardson's novel is marked by the virtues of female chastity and the triumph of steadfast morality, Fielding's Joseph Andrews is peopled with lascivious women, thieves, hypocrites, and general fools. As we follow the characters in their travels, what unfolds is a lively panoramic satire of mid- ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 1st 1961 by Signet Classics (first published 1742)
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Bill  Kerwin
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 18th-c-brit, novels

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 through Spain, the sun looks thinner and sharper, above all less forgiving. This is all the more remarkable when I consider that 1) Joseph ends the first day his journey in a punishing hailstorm, and 2) everyb
Lieve Brekelmans
Winning the battle with this novel was one of my bigger achievements this year.
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 likely to meet on an 18th century journey through the English countryside. There is no plot, per say, but rather a series of episodes and encounters undergone by a trio of wanderers as they make their way ...more
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 man who can lay claim to intelligence and wit, instead of just hatred and physical power, inspiration is never far down the road.

This was also the case with Fielding and his novels “Shamela” and “Joseph
Genia Lukin
Mar 30, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: satire, classics
Sue me, but I found this book almost impossible. Only my obsession with actually finishing books I started kept me going, and the occasional whiff of genuinely funny sarcasm.

Joseph Andrews was, in my mind, a much worse book than Tome Jones, even though it was supposed to be an obvious parody. Tom Jones is satire - Joseph Andrews is slapstick. The entire thing oscillated between the absurd and the genuinely tedious, and only in a very few moments - when Fielding put a velvet glove on his sting -
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, brother to Pamela, in what might be called the first work of fan fiction.
In her own history, Pamela is continually pursued for her attractiveness and preserves her virtue with great effort; Fielding puts her
Emad Attili
Mar 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
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 truly genius! He proved that he can satirize a novel and create a new novel at the same time!



Though it is really long! But I recommend it!
May 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Booby.....I can't think of the name without grinning.
Asma Meshergui
Dec 29, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A universal rule: college books are always the worst.
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 long as you know the general plot) and focuses on the virtuous brother of Pamela, Joseph Andrews, who becomes the object of lust to his wealthy mistress (who just happens to be the aunt of the man pursu
aPriL does feral sometimes

The character Parson Adams travels everywhere with his handwritten copy of the plays of the author Aeschylus, who happens to have had as his subject matter tragedies, such as tales based on ancient Greek stories about the Odyssey of Odysseus.

If Adams was as sophisticated as he is boringly pedantic, he might have seen he was in the middle of a similar odyssey while traveling in the company of the chaste 23-year-old 'Joseph Andrews'. Although he is a good-h
Jim Leckband
On Fielding's Joseph Andrews and the Real Genesis of Role Playing Games Such as Dungeons & Dragons

Many commentators and critics hail the present book under review as one of the first "novels" to be written in the English language - along with its progenitor Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded by Richardson along with Clarissa, or the History of a Young Lady. The similarity between Fielding's and Richardson's works are only superficial - they share characters ("Joseph Andrews" and "Pamela") and situa
Jul 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Andrews improves upon Pamela by taking up charity instead of chastity as a virtue, leading us on an episodic journey through affectation and vanity. Not exactly a breezy read, but accessible and actually funny. Nicely done!
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I reeeeeally love the style! Ironic yet full of lessons and hidden meanings. Though pretty long, I really enjoyed it.
Ghada Said
Had this book not been required for class, I would have gladly swung it out the window from the beginning.
Jun 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001btrbyd, 2009, july
A classic comedy of errors.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four stars because of the consequently well written plot twists at the end.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books
Claiming to be both an imitation of "Don Quixote" and a refutation of Richardson's "Pamela", Fielding's twist to the standard 18th century picaresque is that the virtuous paragon is a man. This makes Andrew's companion, the pugnacious Parson Adams the more interesting character. The lusty widow Lady Booky (with her menial Mrs Slipslop) tries to separate Andrews from his sweetheart, Fanny, and if you can enjoy tales within tales, mistaken identity, fights, moral lectures,impecunious episodes and ...more
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Why on earth have I not read Henry Fielding before now??!! This book is delightful. The characters are charming. The good are so wonderfully good and sometimes surprising, as when the Parson Adams turns out to be quite ready with hands and stick or when Joseph becomes impatient with him, and they argue. The wicked are deliciously spiteful and poison-tongued; yet, their behavior is, in fact, understandable, given their premises. The twists of narration, along with the excellent au
Several editions of this book seem to be linked to plot summaries of entirely different novels. Thus the original edition that comes up when one searches this title has a summary of Mansfield Park. And another has a summary for Tom Jones.

Anyway, my comments are about Joseph Andrews. I'm not sure that this edition is the one I read, as it's been some years, and edition does matter. But I'd rather people got my comments on a book I've actually read, if I had my druthers.

I have to admit that I prob
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Joseph Andrews" is Henry Fielding's brilliant homage to "Don Quixote," although, ultimately, it is a narrower work than Cervantes' sprawling, ambiguous masterpiece. One obvious reason for this may be the fact that Fielding's novel is a reactionary response to the work of his contemporaries, dealing frankly with not only the vices of the society in which he was living, but with the sycophancy which he perceived in his fellow writers, who portrayed such vices as virtues with the simple aim of gro ...more
Krista Turner
Sep 19, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I ever wanted to murder a book, I would choose this one.
Iman Kousa
Jan 09, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i had some laughs but ,in general, it's extremely boring .
if you still insist on reading it ,you should read Richardson's Pamella.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Possibly one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. It’s amazing that nearly three hundred years later the humor still resonates.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-class
I have no idea what even happened or what this story really was about but okay.
Paul The Uncommon Reader
The tadpole of novels?

Well I wasn't expecting to enjoy this, and I wasn't disappointed, if you get what I mean. Because it was written so long ago, there were bound to be issues with the ideas, as well as the language.

At the time of writing, novels were, of course a, um, novel art form (is that why novels are called novels, because they are a comparatively new art form?): undeveloped, nascent, immature. Plays and the theatre (Shakespeare had died only 126 years before this book was published) we


"I declare here once for all, I describe not men, but manners; not an individuals, but species."

Great refrence to how life was in the 18th century in England.
Enjoyed the analysis by my great teacher, Dr.Amany <3.

Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bawdy, wordy novel typical of the 18th century, when it was written. It is a "take-off" of Samuel Richardson's "Pamela" (which I shall now have to read!) Joseph Andrews, a handsome, worthy young man is fired by his employer, Lady Booby, after he rejects her advances. Penniless, he tries to make his way home as best he can, meeting up with his village's beloved but hapless minister, and then his innocent young girlfriend, along the way. People they meet in their journey home include villains, a ...more
Kristen Lemaster
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fielding is so, so funny in a way that you would never be able to tell just from reading Shamela. I did not expect to like this book as much as I did, but his cleverness and astonishingly developed characters make it too difficult not to like the story. Cervantes' Don Quixote had huge influences on this novel, which results in Joseph Andrews being hilarious and likeable and a mess all at once, and the elements of classical poetry are also super important to juxtaposing high and low literature an ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ending really bumped this up to the 4 stars for me although it was chilly and a bit odd. The innocent charm of Joseph Andrews won me over early in the book and his interactions with the corrupt, selfish, and horrible people he encounters. I thoroughly enjoyed the way his innocent remarks insinuating the good intentions of those around them would enrage them in actually displaying their ill intent.
I know that Parson Adams is seen as many as the hero of the story, but to me he was farce in th
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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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