Tom Jones is a splendid Hogarthian panorama of 18th century English life and morals, encompassing both city and country, and comprising some of the greatest comic characters in British literature. First published in 1749, it was an instant success and has gone on to become a classic of its genre. Quite simply, there has never been anything like it.
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Fielding is generally agreed to be an innovating master of the highest originality.... He devised what he described as 'comic epics in prose', which are in effect the first modern novels in English.... [Tom Jones] is generally regarded as Fielding's greatest." (The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature)
"I must keep to my own style and go on in my own way." - Jane Austen
Even after over 250 years, this book is still hilarious. We follow our hero through many mishaps and escapades that are anything but heroic. Fielding pokes fun at just about everything again and again.
That being said, if you're not bookish or don't enjoy classic literature, you will decidedly not have a good time with Tom Jones. It's wordy. Really wordy. Fielding goes off on a tangent just about every other chapter--which is all part of his sense of humor, because he loves to make fun of authors. He just can't help himself!
To match the style, Griffin's narration is delightfully tongue-in-cheek the entire way through the book--all 38 hours!
Tends to be a little long and wordy at times but the payoff is worth it. The narration is excellent and I would recommend it to anyone who has the time to listen and loves old novels as much as I do.
It's been fifty years since I first read Tom Jones. My young self and my old self agree on at least this one thing; Tom Jones is worthy of its reputation as a landmark and a masterpiece of English lit. It's a ripping good tale, full of romance, adventure, and, above all, good humor, for anyone willing to put the general disorder of our current age at bay long enough to enjoy the delights of a more leisurely, orderly, and more civil age. The reader is perfect for the subject matter and arch humor. And, snatches of the music of the period used as bookends to major divisions in the novel are wonderfully apt additions that help us ease into the times of Fielding and our hero. Bravo for a job well done.
A long winded, side winding, 18'th century pompous tale of Tom Jones who's biggest fault is that he is a young man who likes having sex. And Oh yeah,... he likes this girl named Sophie. It was good but really long with many asides and long side stories. A great portrait of 18'th century England, the writer tells the story as a narrator, as an author that is speaking to the reader at times, as a teacher, as a defensive writer. Took me a while to muscle through this one.
Voice of Griffin matches the lively text ... Merrily he told along! The book is light and amusing...a bonbon for an evening.
"Tom Jones listening experience"
story easy to follow as narrator was easy to listen to; not sure that I would have made it through to the end of a paper version
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