The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett
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Roderick Random (1748), Smollett's first novel, is full of the dazzling vitality characteristics of all his work, as well as of his own life. Roderick is the boisterous and unprincipled hero who answers life's many misfortunes with a sledgehammer. Left penniless, he leaves his native Scotland for London and on the way meets Strap, and old schoolfellow. Together they undergo many adventures at the hands of scoundrels and rogues. Roderick qualifies as a surgeon's mate and is pressed
as a common soldier on bord the man-of-war Thunder. In a tale of romance as well as adventure, Roderick also finds time to fall in love... Smollett drew on his own experiences as a surgeon's mate in the navy for the memorable scenes on board ship, and the novel combines documentary realism with great
humour and panache.
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About Tobias Smollett

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Tobias Smollett (1721-1771) was a Scottish physician and writer. His novel Ferdinand Count Fathom [1753] is an early precursor of and influence upon Gothic fiction.Jeremy Lewis spent much of his life working in publishing. He is the author of two highly-praised volumes of autobiography, Playing for Time and Kindred Spirits, and of biographies of Cyril Connolly and Tobias Smollett.
Published September 11, 2008 by Oxford Paperbacks. 528 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, History, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction

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