The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling (Book Center) Electronic book text
Tom Jones is a foundling discovered on the property of a very kind, wealthy landowner, Squire Allworthy, in Somerset in England's West Country.
Tom grows into a vigorous and lusty, yet honest and kind-hearted, youth.
He develops affection for his neighbour's daughter, Sophia Western.
On one hand, their love reflects the romantic comedy genre that was popular in 18th-century Britain.
However, Tom's status as a bastard causes Sophia's father and Allworthy to oppose their love; this criticism of class friction in society acted as a biting social commentary.
The inclusion of prostitution and sexual promiscuity in the plot was also original for its time, and also acted as the foundation for criticism of the book's "lowness."
- Format: Electronic book text
- Publisher: Oregan Publishing
- Publication Date: 07/03/2017
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781853260216
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Review by ctpress
This book has a solid place in the history of literature. I was entertained but not very engaged emotionally in the fate of the characters - and one should be when it is so long and epic a tale. It is a very clever plot with some nice surprises in the end - but also absurd with its many coincidences - it reads more like a farce or satire - and feels like a stage play (reminded me of some of the stories by Chaucer). Fielding comments and elaborates on the story and the characters all the time - and it gets a little annoying after a while - just tell the story!! What can one say about Tom Jones? A heart of gold - yet so easily tempted by women. Heroic and courageous - yet so unstable. I liked Mr. Allworthy - and also Sophia - her concluding remarks on Jones' character really says it all.