Friday, February 17, 2012

The Adventures of Roderick Random- by Tobias Smollett

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The Adventures of Roderick Random
- by Tobias Smollett
The Adventures of Roderick Random, is a Tobias Smollett novel from 1748 that is hysterical and a reminder that humor is not a new literary device. (US Edition)  (UK Edition)

There is a familiar beginning, with what I find to be a laugh out loud twist.

Of my Birth and Education

I was born in the northern part of this united kingdom, in the house of my grandfather, a gentleman of considerable fortune and influence, who had on many occasions signalised himself in behalf of his country; and was remarkable for his abilities in the law, which he exercised with great success in the station of a judge, particularly against beggars, for whom he had a singular aversion.

I like this chapter heading too:

My Grandfather makes his Will—our second Visit—he Dies—his Will is read in Presence of all his living Descendants—the Disappointment of my female Cousins—my Uncle's Behaviour
So if this is your cup of tea, you are in for a rollicking ride! 

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