Just finished, Tom Jones, a Foundling. A picaresque story of sex, treachery, hypocrisy, deceit, dishonour; honour, moral fibre; set in the time of the Jacobite upraising of 1745-6.
Two of the many themes I found interesting were that of, arranged marriages and true love over parental greed.
The plot of the book does indeed live up to its reputation; brilliantly written and laid out.
It’s a plot that will keep you on your toes for sure.
The humour of the book takes many forms: mutual misunderstanding, slapstick, irony, burlesque, banter…
It is hard to fault the novel; however, one annoying thing was that Sophia Western’s father, Squire Western’s speech was written in local Somerset dialogue and hard at times to decipher.
On more of a personal level, I am pleased to have read the book which was so influential on Charles Dickens’ earlier work.
I highly recommend Tom Jones to anyone who would like a very comic book with a brilliant plot. A cornerstone of English Literature written by Henry Fielding who was not only a novelist, but championed for the abolishment of public hangings and helped form the first police forces
It's not unusual to be loved by anyone
It's not unusual to have fun with anyone
but when I see you hanging about with anyone
It's not unusual to see me cry!