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Tom Jones, the Foundling by Henry Fielding
The book about Tom Jones to my mind is convoluted, but all in all interesting. It is full of events and that’s why so thick. There are many heroes and many stories connected with them, sometimes it feels like a detective story. Actually, as for defining the genre of the book, it is difficult to say what exactly it is. It can be a romance story, philosophical work about evil and good or something else, or more likely, that is all in one work which makes it more interesting and fulfilled.
The main character, Tom Jones, represents a man, bastard, who is sincere and very sensitive to others. He doesn’t take amiss on anybody, even Blifil, who is very bad person trying to show himself in a better way. He is so egoistic, that he even kept the secret of Tom's birth to himself. Tom has so many misfortunes in his life, like being left out of his real parents, being maligned by Blifil, being accused and imprisoned, left without his true love Sophia, but he always stayed true to his principles, he never betrayed people and helped them whenever he could. It’s a pity, that “it was the universal opinion of all Mr Allworthy's family that he was certainly born to be hanged.” Yes, Tom was “the lad having from his earliest years discovered a propensity to many vices”, but he was like no other true and kind. He was the only person which felt true sorrow when Mr Allworthy was ill.
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