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 ...more
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 ...more
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 - ...more
In her own history, Pamela is continually pursued for her attractiveness and preserves her virtue with great effort; Fielding puts her ...more
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! ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
"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.
I know that Parson Adams is seen as many as the hero of the story, but to me he was farce in th ...more
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 ...more