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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (181 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Fielding Narrator: Jill Masters Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The real Jonathan Wild, born about 1682 and executed at Tyburn in 1725, was one of the most notorious criminals of his age. His resemblance to the hero in Fielding's satire of the same name is general rather than particular. The real Jonathan (whose legitimate business was that of a buckle-maker) like Fielding, won his fame, not as a robber himself, but as an informer, and a receiver of stolen goods.

He was a great organiser, and he controlled various bands of robbers whose lives he did not hesitate to sacrifice when his own was in danger. Naturally he was so hated by many of his underlings that it is a wonder he was able to maintain his authority over them as many years as he did. His rascality had been notorious a long time before his crimes could actually be proved.

That Jonathan Wild is for the most part a magnificent example of sustained irony, one of the best in our literature, critics have generally agreed. Admirable, too, is the ironical humour, in which Fielding so excelled, and which in Jonathan Wild he seldom drops.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Claudia Marin | 10/22/2013

    " Interesting and the usual Fielding's incredible abilities in being an excellent narrator. However a bit long for the "simplicity" (if we could say so) of the plot and story (it's not a Tom Jones!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jenny | 9/30/2013

    " This was good, though Fielding's satire eventually gets a little one-note toward the end. A lot of it is genuinely funny, though not pitched for modern sensibilities. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Esther | 12/8/2012

    " I loved "Tom Jones", but this time round I found I could not abide Fielding's tangents. I like the take-it-to-the-wall satire, but the character development just wasn't there. Fielding was making a point, and he didn't bother with much else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patrick | 10/14/2012

    " Probably the most ironic book I have ever read. Fielding is spot on about what goes into making "great men." "

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