Tom Jones (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

Tom Jones (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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Tom Jones (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Henry Fielding

Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:

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Reacting against the sentimentality and moralism of the earliest English novels, Henry Fielding chose to create a work whose main character contains all the complexities of a real human being: the foundling Tom Jones. Tom has been raised by the Squire Allworthy to love virtue, and he truly wants to do good. But Tom’s inability to control his temper and his hearty appetite for food, drink, and the opposite sex get him kicked out of Allworthy’s estate – and separated from his one real love, Sophia Western. So he begins a journey from the English countryside to the teeming city of London. Along the way he meets a parade of colorful characters, enjoys a series of bawdy, comic adventures, eventually discovers his true parentage, triumphs over the villainous Blifil, and rejoins the beautiful Sophia.

Soon after its 1749 publication, Tom Jones was condemned for being “lewd,” and even blamed for several earthquakes. But what really riled its critics was its supremely funny satirical attack on eighteenth-century British society and its follies and hypocrisies – which, of course, are very much like our own.

Ross Hamilton is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Barnard College, where he specializes in eighteenth-century and romantic literature. His book, The Shock of Experience: A Literary History of Accident, is forthcoming.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593080709
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 05/01/2004
Series: Barnes & Noble Classics Series
Pages: 848
Sales rank: 107,097
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.70(d)

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Tom Jones 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, it must be said that for anyone interested in English literature this is a must read. After having read this, it becomes apparent that so much of the literature that followed this book - in the 18th, 19th, and even the 20th centuries - is modelled on this book. Could it be that the same writer influenced Mark Twain and Jane Austen? Secondly, this book must be read for its unexptected humour and freshness - even though it was written almost three hundred years ago, its expositions on sex and violence are seen daily on Jerry Springer. True, the sentences are lengthy - and sometimes the scholarsip burdensome - but, for the most part this is a story of scandal and surprise. At the same time, though, I admit that I wished the story was a couple of hundred pages shorter: there were times, especially towards the end, when I simply stopped trying to make sense of all the loose ends and focused on the main plot. Fielding, as demonstrated by this book, is a master writer, but the folks over at Jerry Spinger could have taught him a thing or two about editing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book with lots of action and was one of the first and most influential books written in the English language. This is not a boring classic! It is a must-read in my opinion! There is action, there is romance, all in one great Bildungsroman! Plus it has short chapters!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many novels written in the eighteenth century, and Fielding was the master of the genre at that time. Tom Jones was an immensely enjoyable book. At first, I was slightly intimidated by its 1,000 page length, but Fielding's wit and gift of storytelling was wonderful. This book proves that not all classic literature is boring. Many, many times I found myself laughing, yes laughing OUT LOUD, because the characters are so funny, yet believable. True, most of them are flat characters, but they exhibit some of the most common human flaws. Fielding was a master of humor, irony, and characterization, and Tom Jones will always be one of my favorite novels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
its very comic story of a foundling tom jones who faces a lot of difficulties but at last reconciles to his uncle Mr Allworthy and wins his beloved Sophia Western.its ending is great. the novel is an amusing one on the whole.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you've always thought of the 1700s as a time when no one had any fun and all people wrote about is liberty, religion and other such pious (and often boring) material, get your hands on this novel and you'll change you mind. This novel, published in 1749, contains none of the dry, unwieldy language you might expect and what's more, it offers much more than many 'modern' novels, including hearty doses of wit, humor, pathos, satire, and insight into human nature. Another unexepected pleasure of this book is that although it is very long (the edition I'm reading is nearly 900 pages), it is a very fast read and at no point is it boring. You will really be surprised by this book!
LINDA-LEVEN More than 1 year ago
This book is so well written it was a shame I could not finish its almost 900 pages. I simply found the tale too silly, too uninteresting to continue. It seemed just to be the rather mindless adventures of the hero, Tom Jones, as he fights over women, fights with soldiers and his friends ... with everyone. I need something a bit more serious and profound. I even watched the overly long film as I read, and even found the film to be inane. If you like light-hearted nonsense with lots of characters coming and going, then you might enjoy this. It was just not my style, although the actual writing is great!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Last year our theratre department chose this to be our One Act Play and everybody loved it. It was such a fun play to do. When we went to competition there were so many laughs, and after we preformed all the other schools came up to us and told us how much they loved it.