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There's so much in Tom Jones it's hard to know where to begin. It's funny, satirical, thoughtful and downright outrageous in parts. The narrator is superb and perfectly suits the material. Well recommended.
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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!
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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.
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