This book was part of my MA English syllabus. But I actually read it even before the semester began. It is considered as the father of the modern English novel. Joseph Andrews will surely make you laugh at the satirical portrayal of the Augustan age and it people. Fielding’s style of writing is marvelous, even with all the digressions and slapstick scenes, he gets into the heart of the story and draws the reader in.
It’s written in the style of Cervantes’ Don Quixote. It’s very entertaining and the names of characters and absolutely hilarious. And one wonders if a man like Joseph can ever be found in the real world. I think not.
What happens when a young girl reads too many Gothic novels more than it’s good for her? The result, a wild imagination that takes overpowers her rationality. It happens to the best of us. Young Miss Catherine Morland must learn that you cannot live life as if you are in a novel because it’s not real. There must be a separation between what you read and how you perceive the world. You cannot see the world through the eyes of a novel.
It a coming of age story because she definitely grows as a character, as a person. And it’s Jane Austen, I mean you have to love her.
One of the most popular by Henry James, Daisy Miller is a sassy and courageous American woman who is not afraid of society and how they judge her. She is independent and follows her own path without letting men change her. I think of her as a bit of a feminist heroine. It’s a must read and it’s so thin, you might finish it in one go.