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The adventures of Roderick Random (1748)

af Tobias George Smollett

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Ben Fogle's life has been action-packed to say the least. He has rowed across the Atlantic, walked to the South Pole, run the Sahara and ice-skated across Sweden. He has encountered isolated tribes in deepest Papua New Guinea, caused a Boeing 747 to dump u100k of fuel before making an emergency landing in Sao Paolo, and frequently been mistaken for Prince William along the way. So how did a cripplingly shy, geeky, perennially homesick boy end up doing all this? Ben's still not entirely sure himself, but this wonderful book tells his story and will strike a chord with anyone puzzling about life, and how to live it differently. This is a book about defying expectations, conquering fears, battling laziness and, just occasionally, winning.… (mere)
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Titel:The adventures of Roderick Random
Forfattere:Tobias George Smollett
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Roderick Random af Tobias Smollett (Author) (1748)

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Take the journey and find yourself immersed. Humor, soap. To another level. Sublime. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Having read Peregrine Pickle, the novel Smollett wrote after this one, three years ago, I kind of realised that, like with Henderson and Herzog, I'd read these the wrong way around. Smollett made his name with Roderick Random and then went on to perfect his style with Peregrine in much the same way that Bellow did, not that I find Smollett anywhere near as engaging as Bellow.

If you've ever read any picaresque novels, you've read Roderick Random. Interminable japes lead to misunderstandings, wheezes, a dice with death or two and enough characters that Dickens, 100 years later, had no shortage of inspiration. There's nothing particularly new here for the modern day reader, and if you want to distract yourself for a few hours, there's no harm in it.

But, as with Peregrine, it does tend to go on a bit, although Peregrine goes on far, far longer than Roderick does. Plus there are some satirical and historical references that may fox our understanding today. The fact that the novel does travel overseas (or at least the characters literally do) means that there are some interesting diversions on the way.

So, an important book for literature and one with some distracting adventures, but not one I'd urge you to rush out and read. ( )
1 stem arukiyomi | Nov 21, 2015 |
Compared to Humphrey Clinker, RR is a bit lacking. Compared to all the world's other novels, though, it's great. As ever with the 18th century, you need to adjust your expectations: the characters are 'flat,' there's no psychologizing, the plot meanders with little internal purpose, and there's no politesse. On the other hand, there's a wonderful variety of people and voices, there are dozens of hilarious little narratives, and the little satires--particularly, here, the dancing naked philosopher-poet, who ends up in debtor's prison after getting screwed around by publishers and producers--are far more powerful than the so-called satires of our time.

There's also a larger point to Random's adventures. He starts off in Scotland. There's no reason for the travels that follow, except the sort of purpose no novelist could get away with now: Smollett wants to show us the depravity of the entire human species, so Random has to hang out with provincials, rurals, urbans, domestics, foreigners, men, women, nobles, peasants, workers, bosses, servants, masters, criminals, judges etc... If you can think of an opposing pair, Random meets each member of it, and they're both shitheads. Only once he's gone more or less around the world and met everyone can the book come to its comedic conclusion, in which a series of literally incredible coincidences bring Random, and his glorious sidekick Strap, love and loot. As in Humphrey Clinker, Smollett's point is: this shit only happens in novels, the world sucks, and you need to admit that. On the upside, the shit is very, very funny.

Cervantes is obviously a big influence on this book: the pointless, entertaining adventures; the lower-class sidekick (you could easily mistake Strap for Sancho); the rough and ready humor; the complete indifference to consistency in characters' psychology or actions. RR isn't quite as entertaining, but it was Smollett's first book and it's written in the first person. Given those disadvantages, it's pretty impressive. On the other hand, I can't imagine it winning many readers.

An edition that listed the chapter contents at the start would be a good idea; then it'd be easier to skip straight to the best bits. That aside, this edition is a good one--solid introduction, good notes. ( )
2 stem stillatim | Dec 29, 2013 |
805. Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett (read 30 May 1965) On May 30, 1965, I said: I have just finished wading through this book. Boring at times, amusing at times, I feel I have read enough Smollett, and have no intention of reading his other two "remembered" books, "Peregrine Pickle" and "Humphrey Clinker." I do not know if Smollett is being satirical in his excessive language--I presume so--but listen to this: "you whose souls are susceptible of the most delicate impressions, whose tender bosoms have felt the affecting vicissitudes of love, who have suffered an absence of 18 long months from the dear object of your hope, and found at your return the melting fair, as kind and as constant as your heart could wish, do me justice on this occasion, and conceive what unutterable rapture possessed us both, while we flew into each other's arms! This was no time for speech . . .When I thus encircled all that my soul held dear . . ." and so forth, and so forth. I need a respite from this sort of thing. [despite this I did later read Humphrey Clinker and my thoughts on it can be found in my comments on it in this library. ( )
1 stem Schmerguls | May 31, 2013 |
"Smollett’s real masterpieces are Roderick Random and Peregrine Pickle, which are frankly pornographic in a harmless way and which contain some of the best passages of sheer farce in the English language…He accepts as a law of nature the viciousness, the nepotism and the disorder of eighteenth century society, and therein lies his charm. Many of his best passages would be ruined by any intrusion of the moral sense…. Smollett, in spite of his fairly enlightened views, takes patronage, official jobbery and general corruption for granted…”

George Orwell, “Tobias Smollett, Scotland’s Best Novelist”, Tribune 22-Sep-1944 in Collected Essays and Journalism: 1944-1945 ( )
1 stem | mnicol | Jan 15, 2012 |
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Ben Fogle's life has been action-packed to say the least. He has rowed across the Atlantic, walked to the South Pole, run the Sahara and ice-skated across Sweden. He has encountered isolated tribes in deepest Papua New Guinea, caused a Boeing 747 to dump u100k of fuel before making an emergency landing in Sao Paolo, and frequently been mistaken for Prince William along the way. So how did a cripplingly shy, geeky, perennially homesick boy end up doing all this? Ben's still not entirely sure himself, but this wonderful book tells his story and will strike a chord with anyone puzzling about life, and how to live it differently. This is a book about defying expectations, conquering fears, battling laziness and, just occasionally, winning.

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