History of Tom Jones, a Foundling and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Buy Used
Used - Good See details
Price: 2.65

or
 
   
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Start reading History of Tom Jones, a Foundling on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Tom Jones [Paperback]

Henry Fielding , R.P.C. Mutter
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.



Book Description

29 July 1985 0140430091 978-0140430097 Reprint
A milestone in the history of the English novel, "Tom Jones" draws readers into a world teeming with memorable characters. This epic of everyday life chronicles the adventures of Tom Jones, who was abandoned as an infant and grows into a lusty, imprudent young man. Promising to mend his ways, Tom competes with his abusive rival for the affections of a wealthy squire's daughter, and learns the truth about his identity, in this discerning comedy of human foibles and self-discovery.


Product details

  • Paperback: 911 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Reprint edition (29 July 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140430091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140430097
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 937,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

The efforts of foundling Tom Jones to win the divine Sophia are thwarted not just by his calamitous susceptibility to so many female charms, but by all manner of misunderstandings, battles, misadventures and Dreadful Accidents. Through these picaresque romps, a twisting plot and a plethora of aptly named characters, including Squire Allworthy and tutor Thwackum, Fielding entertains us with the flaws, but essential goodness, of human nature. --Rachel Redford, The Oldie --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
First Sentence
AN author ought to consider himself, not as a gentleman who gives a private or eleemosynary treat, but rather as one who keeps a public ordinary, at which all persons are welcome for their money. Read the first page
Explore More
Concordance
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rambling, funny and good-natured C18th tale 22 April 2011
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In Tom Jones, Fielding hangs a huge and rambling tale on the life and travels of a foundling. Often cited alongside Richardson's Pamela: Or Virtue Rewarded (Oxford World's Classics) as the first great novels of English literature (however innacurate that label might be), this works very differently stylistically.

Fielding breaks the cardinal rule of novel-writing ("show, don't tell") and pulls it off magisterially. Tom is a lad with a good heart but that doesn't stop him falling into all manner of bawdy situations with a combination of gusto and innocence. As a precursor to Dickens, Fielding manages to cram in a whole social panorama, and controls his story precisely.

A great C18th classic that's also a very easy, immensely good-natured, and very funny read.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 18 Aug 2011
By WMG
Format:Kindle Edition
Rather than go into a long analysis of the story, characters and style of writing, I'll just say that this has always been on of my favourite novels, and to be able to get a free copy for my Kindle was a very pleasant surprise.

I'm very pleased to see that so much great literature from around the world is available on the Kindle at no charge, and hope this will encourage people to read more.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
'Tom Jones' is one of those lucky few- a book whose length is comparable in extent to its reader's enjoyment. 'Tom Jones' is a wonderfully dark, elaborately comic and utterly compelling account of the experiences of a young man as he pursues love, honour and fortune across 18th-Century England. Unlike many other novels and plays regarded as 'comic classics', Tom Jones is also genuinely funny. Seriously.

'Tom Jones' is enjoyable in and of itself- the characters and adventures are accessible, entertaining and varied. Despite this, one of the most interesting aspects of the novel is the introductory chapters to the novel's 18 'books'- short, usually amusing essays concerning theoretical aspects involved in the book. If you're pushed for time, you can skip them- but, much like the comic acts in certain Shakespeare plays, some of the best moments in the novel are contained in what can appear unneccessary literary 'padding'.

So don't be put off by its length, its age, its love for diversions and its complicated web of human relationships; Tom Jones is simply a fantastic read. Particularly for anyone acquainted with the historical environment the novel was written in, Tom Jones can be read as a satire on the hypocrisy of notions of honour; the scathing attack on those who marry for fortune rather than love has a peculiarly appealing modern resonance.

In the end, what's most revealing about Tom Jones is not how far the novel as a form has developed, but how little societal trends change over time. Fielding's world is one in which treachery and deceit are frequently the motives for acts of apparent benevolence, a world as hilarious as it is dangerous. If you've got a couple of weeks to spare, and a patient disposition, you could do a lot worse than to give 'Tom Jones' a try- for this price, you'd have to have a pretty good excuse not to!
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Godfather of the novel 7 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
It is odd to think that among Henry Fielding's original motives for selecting the novel as his chosen literary form was his outrage at what he saw as deficiencies in the work of his contemporary, Samuel Richardson. Richardson's `Pamela' was a popularly received work of fiction telling the story of a poor, humble and crucially, chaste, young woman sent to work in the house of a wealthy, arrogant, highly libidinous man. His attempts to rid her of her maidenhoodd and her attempts to defend it account for the action of the entire book. Ultimately, Pamela's determination prevails and she is rewarded by becoming her master's wife. Fielding took issue with the idea that Pamela's virtue was effectively portrayed as a commodity which could ultimately be bought and also with the tedious minutiae of Richardson's work as attempt after attempt on Pamela's virginity are described in achingly dull detail.

He wrote two scathing parodies of Richardson's work before attempting an entirely original work of his own in Tom Jones. The plot of this huge novel is fundamentally little more than a simple love-story which takes its protagonists meandering around southern England and finally to London where everything is finally resolved, via two or three last minute unexpected twists. It has been acclaimed as one of the first great English novels and justifiably so. Whilst the characters are largely fairly one-dimensional they are nonetheless skilfully drawn and highly engaging, particularly the eponymous Tom who's infectious joie de vivre and apparently unquenchable libido render him both extremely entertaining and highly likeable. His struggle to do the right thing and ultimately prove himself worthy of Sophia provides the novel's central dramatic tension and very much endears him to the reader.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites 24 Jan 2007
Format:Paperback
This book is fantastic, a great, long, indulgent read which carries you on a journey around eighteenth century England. Tom Jones, a good-hearted, though misunderstood and spirited foundling is cast out of the home of Squire Allworthy and left to fend for himself in the world. At the same time, his childhood sweetheart runs away from home in order to avoid a marriage to Mr Blifil, Tom's childhood companion and Squire Allworthy's nephew. The story charts the two young people's journey around the country, with plenty of moments of near meetings and reconciliations. Coincidences aplenty and Henry Fielding's dry wit make this novel both satisfying and tremendously funny. Perhaps not for the easily offended since it's pretty bawdy! (In the eighteenth century it was blamed for causing earthquakes in London and Dr Johnson was 'ashamed' to hear that a friend had read it)! Certainly different to most eighteenth century writers, Fielding has produced his masterpiece in Tom Jones. Enjoy.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts
I love to be lost in long books. But this book took all the patience I had. HF has all the hallmarks of a great writer and for that I stuck at it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by mark m
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Jones
Excellent, great service thanks. It will make a 91 year old very happy. He wants to relive past memories. Thank you for your service.
Published 8 months ago by J.WALKEY
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny
This book is great - it's like a Carry On film from the eighteenth century.
It is wordy - but it does make me smile.
Thoroughly recommended, but not a short read
Published 8 months ago by Mr. T. W. Wheaton
2.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointing waffle of a book.
The story of Tom Jones could really have been quite a good book and I really did enjoy the bits where the actual story was told. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jodie
3.0 out of 5 stars excessively long and hard to read
3 stars because it's too long and the old language is hard to read but it is a good story if you have the time and patience which i did not have
Published 11 months ago by lukelollies
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic book.
Classic story, funny, thrilling, tear jerking. Much easier to store on the kindle as opposed to the huge paperback version of the book.
Published 13 months ago by Kimseager
5.0 out of 5 stars A Significant Piece
One of the most significant works of English Lit well presented. It does take patience to read the book, as it is not written in modern prose, but it is certainly easy to... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nom de Plume
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb humour and wit
TOM JONES
by Henry Fielding

Published in the 1740s, `Tom Jones' is one of the first works of fiction to be properly called a novel. Read more
Published 14 months ago by A. G. Lockhart
5.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse of the times.
Although Fielding has a tendency to ramble I admit that I have a special place in my heart for this book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dangerpics
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value
A really nice set of books, that looks really stylish when all together on a book shelf - corker of a tale!
Published 18 months ago by Mrs Linda A Fleming
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback