The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

Henry Fielding

Ken Danziger (Narrator)

03-01-10

35hrs 55min

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03-01-10

35hrs 55min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Classics

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“Reader Ken Danziger…gives the novel a full-voiced reading…True, the book runs to thirty-six hours, but the journey with Danziger is worth it.” SoundCommentary.com

Henry Fielding’s bawdy, colorful, high-spirited novel painted human vices and virtues with unprecedented honesty and good humor, making Tom Jones as fresh and entertaining today as it was when first published nearly three hundred years ago.

A foundling of mysterious parentage, Tom Jones is brought up by the benevolent and wealthy Squire Allworthy as his own son.

As a young man, Tom falls in love with the beautiful and unattainable Sophia Western, a neighbor’s daughter, whose marriage has already been arranged. When Tom’s sexual misadventures around the countryside get him banished, he sets out to make his fortune and find his true identity. Against the vivid background of eighteenth-century London, Tom Jones encounters passion, corruption, danger, and intrigue before finally claiming his fortune, legitimacy, and true love.

Praise

“Reader Ken Danziger…gives the novel a full-voiced reading…True, the book runs to thirty-six hours, but the journey with Danziger is worth it.” SoundCommentary.com

“Two and a half centuries after its publication, the adventures of the rambunctious and randy Tom Jones still makes for great reading. I’m not in the habit of using words like bawdy or rollicking, but if you look them up in the dictionary, you should see a picture of this book.” Amazon.com

“Tom Jones, a major contribution to the history of the English novel, has been admired by many readers as the most meticulously crafted book of its type. With neoclassic objectivity, humor, and fine psychological delicacy, Fielding dissects the motives of his characters to reveal universal truths about human nature.” Masterpieces of World Literature

“Two hundred years have not dimmed Fielding’s realism. His humor is closer to our own than that of any writer before the present century.” Kingsley Amis, Booker Prize-winning novelist, poet, and critic

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Language English
Release Day Feb 28, 2010
Release Date March 1, 2010
Release Date Machine 1267401600
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Classics, Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Classics, Literary Fiction, Literature & Fiction
Author Bio
Henry Fielding

Henry Fielding (1707–1754) was an English novelist and dramatist known for his rich earthy humor and satirical prowess. His writings reflect his ongoing preoccupation with fraud, sham, and masks. Tom Jones is considered to be his greatest work.

Narrator Bio
Ken Danziger

Ken Danziger (a.k.a. Kenneth Scott) has been an actor almost longer than he can remember. He has enjoyed it all: training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England and stage, film, and television work in London, New York, and currently in Los Angeles. There have been many highlights along the way, not least among them working on this book.

Overview

Henry Fielding’s bawdy, colorful, high-spirited novel painted human vices and virtues with unprecedented honesty and good humor, making Tom Jones as fresh and entertaining today as it was when first published nearly three hundred years ago.

A foundling of mysterious parentage, Tom Jones is brought up by the benevolent and wealthy Squire Allworthy as his own son.

As a young man, Tom falls in love with the beautiful and unattainable Sophia Western, a neighbor’s daughter, whose marriage has already been arranged. When Tom’s sexual misadventures around the countryside get him banished, he sets out to make his fortune and find his true identity. Against the vivid background of eighteenth-century London, Tom Jones encounters passion, corruption, danger, and intrigue before finally claiming his fortune, legitimacy, and true love.

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