Joseph Andrews / Shamela

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  • Title: Joseph Andrews / Shamela
  • Author: Henry Fielding Judith Hawley
  • ISBN: 9780140433869
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Paperback
  • Joseph Andrews / Shamela


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    1. David

      I don't think it is possible for me to review this book without thinking of "Pamela." Really, there is no contest. True, Richardson's prose is a little more approachable on a sentence level, but Fielding isn't generally presenting the thoughts of a naive girl. Beyond that, Fielding wins hands down. He isn't trite, his characters feel more fully human, and he's funny. More important, he only tells the things of interest that happen and doesn't stretch them out to four or five times the length of [...]

    2. Eric

      One constant of the Life of Johnson is Johnson's praise of Richardson at the expense of Fielding. I've read neither but the tone of Johnson's appraisal (one is all noble sentiment, the other low raillery that teaches bad morals) is quaint and hectoring, and makes me want to read Fielding.

    3. Mandy

      Read Samuel Richardson's "Pamela" first. This is the hilarious spoof of that famous work. It's a literary geek necessity.

    4. Sabine

      2.5/5 stars, ultimate average rating. Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it, just felt very ‘meh’ about it. Not a book I’ll remember or reread

    5. Indah

      Joseph Andrews 3.5 starsShamela 4.5 starsShamela might just be my favourite parody ever. Thank you Henry Fielding for pointing out the lovely hypocrisy of Pamela, laughed my head off

    6. Dan Schwent

      This was a reading assignment from my then girlfriend during her 19th century novels class. It was an interesting read. Parson Adams overshadows the title character by miles, though.

    7. Zoë

      Better than Pamela but only because it‘s a lot shorter ans less tedious. Though, I dislike Pamela and Shamela for pretty different reasons. Joseph Andrews - as far as I can tell because I haven‘t actually read the whole thing - is almost decent, though. Might just be my perception of it inbetween Pamela and Shamela.

    8. Kazima

      I really enjoyed this book the second time around because I could understand a lot of the literary and mythological references much better. NOTE: Because this book is so old, I would recommend the Oxford World's Classics edition which has a great introduction and explanatory notes. I haven't read Pamela: Or Virtue Rewarded, and I don't think that it is really necessary, at least not if you bother to find out about it and the feud between Richardson and Fielding (well explained in the OWC edition [...]

    9. Lara

      So far, I don't like this book much. It's slow and overly written. I also don't care for his random interjections of nonsense. I hope no one asks me about this in my comp exams.Me liking this book is just not going to work. I hate how slowly the book is as well as the virtuous messages throughout the enitre novel. I personally believe that the world would have been a better place without Joseph Andrews, Pamela, Shamela, and Anti-Pamela. If you don't like 18th century literature, don't read this. [...]

    10. Rachel

      Dreadful. Boring. Another one of those books they force English students to read. They are both parodies of Pamela, which is also irritating. I could only force myself to read volume 1 of Joseph Andrews because it was so sleep inducing.

    11. Patricia

      From this book I learned that attractive women in the 18c were in constant danger of being groped or abducted, that reading Aeschylus does not make you an expert in irony, and that you should always be suspicious of the identity of your parents.

    12. Matthew

      Few great books can have inspired two other great works of literature that were written for the purpose of ridiculing it. There can also be few works of literature that helped to inspire another author of conservative leanings to contribute towards one of the greatest innovations in English literature. However, this was to be the fate of Pamela, an epistolary novel by Samuel Richardson, which was to provide the springboard for the two works of Henry Fielding contained in this book.Richardson’s [...]

    13. Andrea

      First of all, while I understand Fielding is drawing from Pamela in Joseph Andrews, I cannot get past the fact that at the end of Pamela, Richardson explicitly states that Pamela's two brothers died long before the time of the novel and that they are the reason fro Pamela's parents' debt. So I wish I could integrate Joseph's story into the world of Pamela, but it's not possible.That being said, this novel's plot is driven more by Abraham Adams than Joseph. Also, Fielding is in love with the Gree [...]

    14. Larissa Waibel

      Admittedly, I only read Shamela and excerpts of Joseph Andrews, this is wonderful and hilarious satire on "Pamela". Thumbs up, and I will come back to this is I need a good laugh.

    15. Julia

      The only good thing and somewhat interesting was the end. I means this book is old, but I don’t know I can’t just let it slide because of that

    16. Bucket

      Absolutely hilarious! Cudgel sticks and saucy jackanapes' abound! I LOVE this story - it's ridiculous, it's fun, it's zany, and it's well-thought-out too! Parson Adams is a wonderful character and a very unique and full creation. Fielding does an excellent job of making us love him while also laughing at him. The story here is, at times, convenient, but the point (hypocrisy and vanity are ridiculous) comes across really well, as does the satire. I really enjoyed all the supplemental materials in [...]

    17. J A

      A rare combination of the high-brow and the bawdy comical. A journey completed by a host of characters, each loveable in their own way -- Joseph and his unfaltering nobility, Parson Adams with his focus on Christian virtues but also willingness to have a drunken brawl at every occasion, and the rest -- across eighteenth-century England. The intrigues and other contrived occurences work because they are such deft parodies of Defoe and Richardson. The narrative is frequently interrupted by a self- [...]

    18. Abrar

      There is among the critics contemporary to fielding some who praised Richardson over Fielding and this calls for a second examination of how it is perceived now; I am afraid I am not different that those some two hundred years ago; Truly Fielding seem to miss the point in a novel. This response to Pamela, in my opinion, has little to offer in terms of a compelling plot; you want to parody Pamela by all means do but provide me with an enjoyable account instead of a long boring joke that in every [...]

    19. Dree

      Shamela gets a solid 3.5 stars: It is quite funny--though only if you have read Pamela! Otherwise many of the jokes will not work. Unfortunately, Shamela is only about 50 pages.Joseph Andrews gets 2 stars: It certainly has its moments. I found parts 1, 3, and 4, to be the strongest. Part 2, though, I found to be long and tiring—and I did not like the character of Parson Adams, even if he was meant to represent someone or a certain sort of Parson. Again, it help to have read Pamela (as Joseph A [...]

    20. Alexis (hookedtobooks)

      This book was an alright read. It definitely moved slowly, but it had interesting characters! Written and published in the first half of the 18th century, the book looks at the theme of virtue. Joseph Andrews is a footman for a gentleman's family, and when this gentleman dies, his wife tries to deduce him. Pleading chastity, Joseph is fired from her service. What then follows is an adventure to find his beloved, Fanny, whom he hopes to marry soon, even though they are both poor! When he meets up [...]

    21. Justin Evans

      Richardson seems to me to be a prig; Defoe completely insufferable; Swift and Pope perhaps too smarmy even for me. And I like smarm. According to the introduction Fielding's meant to be more conservative than Richardson (these novels both take their main characters from Richardson's 'Pamela'), but as far as I can tell, this is an almost meaningless statement. Unlike Richardson and his characters, Fielding and his are warm and kind; Fielding attacks the stupidities of human kind that need attacki [...]

    22. Rachel Brand

      Read for EN3161: The Development of the Novel to 1840 (2012)I really tried to finish "Joseph Andrews" but I found it so incredibly tedious, both as an audiobook and a physical book. There were so many classic references that I didn't understand that made me wonder whether a modern reader, without a classical education, can truly appreciate this book. I know that some people find the humour in this novel absolutely hilarious, but I wasn't one of them. I made it about halfway through this book bef [...]

    23. Hayden

      I only have to read 'Joseph Andrews' for university so my review is barely solely on that novel, not 'Shamela'. And I wish I could say that the fact it has taken me nearly a month to read shows that I wanted to savour it. Nope. It's because I just didn't enjoy it. I didn't really care for the story line (to be quite honest, I stopped following that about 50 pages in), nor could I remember any of the characters. I did like the social commentary, especially exploring the role of the gentleman, but [...]

    24. Chris

      The thing is here, that while I think Shamela was a bit too obvious, as far as Fielding's satire goes, Joseph Andrews is incredibly good. It's hard to judge a book like this, when it has two distinct parts.Shamela is worthless unless you've read the novel it is making fun of, Pamela by Samuel Richardson. It's funny, but just takes the same barbs you would expect at anything written from such a holier-than-thou perspective.Strangely, Joseph Andrews is also a parody of Pamela, but is not so direct [...]

    25. VeganMedusa

      Shamela was funnier than Joseph Andrews. Joseph dragged. I'm sure it was much funnier in its time though, but not being able to appreciate references to now-obscure people or literature of the day I was rather left with the bawdy humour - Mrs Slipslop, Mr and Lady Booby, etc. Things picked up in the last 50 pages, and my first out-loud laugh was on page 277 (without spoiling it: when Parson Adams's long speech ending with Abraham and Isaac was followed by the servant coming in and announcing som [...]

    26. Richard

      Not Fielding's most brilliant work, maybe because it's too referential. Granted, Richardson's Pamela is well worth the stabs Fielding takes, but I want to go back to Tom Jones now because of what I knew it had and this doesn't. Fielding writes brilliant sentences and offers great and humorous looks into the human animal, but this isn't as compelling as the tale of the handsome young ne'er do well.

    27. Emily

      It was a bit drilling because of the language and the multiple references and footnotes But it was interesting and funny enough, at least the stuff I caught. Surely with a better knowledge of the context and the English of the time I could have enjoyed it much better, though. I especially liked all the twingling drama between families, servants, and class-relations, and the most boring stuff to me were the small adventures along the way, at the inns and stuff. I hope my lecturer gives me a broar [...]

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