The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling - Alice Wakely, Henry Fielding

Fridays with the Foundling


(yeah, I know, I typically hate using actor's images when it comes to discussing the source material...but, w/o Finney, I'm not doing this)

 

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6593My history with Tom Jones goes back to 1995 when we watched it in class for a Survey of British Literature class. It was the week before finals, and the professor thought we all (him included) could use a little less to do, and there was no way we could've fit the novel into our schedule. To be fair, he interrupted the movie frequently for us to learn a little about the novel.

 

And, really, who cares? We got to watch the 1963 classic.

 

But like with all good movies adapted from a book, all it really made me want to do is read the book. If for no other reason than it being one of the first things in English that is considered a novel. It literally defined the convention of what a novel is. I've attempted to follow through and read the book several times. But I've never managed to get too far into it. The reasons vary, but I've just not made this particular summit. One obstacle I do remember stumbling over repeatedly is the length. I'd start reading and decide there was no way I could finish the tome before it was due back at the library. Don't ask me why it took me until 2019 to come up with the solution: buy a copy.

 

So, I'm going to approach it differently this year. Every Friday, I'm going to read 4 chapters. Then post about those the next week. The chapters are pretty short, so I should be able to accomplish this with little difficulty.

 

Now, I reserve the right to abandon this and just finish the whole thing if I really get into the story and just can't wait for the next regularly-scheduled reading session.

Anyone else ever read this thing? Any thoughts?

Source: http://irresponsiblereader.com/2020/01/03/fridays-with-the-foundling-an-introduction