Roderick Random

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Penguin Books, 1995 - Fiction - 476 pages
13 Reviews
Roderick Random was published in 1748 to immediate acclaim, and established Smollett among the most popular of eighteenth-century novelists.
Narrated by an unheroic, apparently rudderless hero named Random, Smollett's wildly energetic and entertaining novel is held together not least by the narrator's outrage and dismay. Although Roderick Random was first published anonymously, the secret of Smollett's authorship was soon discovered, with the result that many readers thought they recognized similarities between the life of the hero and that of his creator. Certainly Roderick Random's early years - disinherited and without wealth and influence - and his university career, apprenticeship and service as a naval surgeon, vividly reflect the experiences of the author.
How Random learns to survive the fickle hand of fortune, recovers his long-lost father, marries his beloved Narcissa, and dispatches his enemies is the stuff, not of autobiography but of a novel which profoundly satirizes the moral chaos of its times. Dickens and Thackeray, among other great Victorians, applauded Smollett for his wit and invention, and in Roderick Random we enjoy the novel of a pioneer opening up the frontiers of fiction.

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Review: The Adventures of Roderick Random

User Review  - Neale - Goodreads

'Roderick Random' was Smollett's first novel, and it is his best. It is a brawling, picaresque romp, like Fielding crossed with Dickens: less polished than Fielding, much coarser than Dickens, but ... Read full review

Review: The Adventures of Roderick Random

User Review  - Genia Lukin - Goodreads

Roderick Random is definitely an 18th century novel, which means that it essentially has little to no plot, characters that are not going to develop very much, and so much rambling and meandering ... Read full review

About the author (1995)

Tobias Smollett (1721-1771) was a Scottish author, best known for his picaresque novels

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