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Adventures of Roderick Random

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Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett is a thrilling and entertaining novel that follows the misadventures of the titular character, Roderick Random, as he navigates the ups and downs of life in 18th century England.

The novel is filled with exciting twists and turns as Roderick finds himself in a series of precarious situations, from duels and sea battles to romantic entanglements and narrow escapes. Smollett's vivid and dynamic storytelling keeps the reader engaged from beginning to end, making it difficult to put the book down.

What sets Adventures of Roderick Random apart is its sharp wit and biting satire, which skewer the social norms and conventions of the time. Smollett's humor adds an extra layer of depth to the story, making it both entertaining and thought-provoking.

Overall, Adventures of Roderick Random is a classic adventure novel that stands the test of time. With its engaging plot, colorful characters, and clever writing, it is sure to captivate readers of all ages.

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I am Roderick Random. This is the contemporary story of my struggle against the adversity of orphan-hood, poverty, press gangs, bloody duels, rival fortune hunters, and the challenge to be well-dressed through it all. In the course of recounting my adventures to you, dear reader, I will give you a front row seat to the characters of English eighteenth century life including highway robbers, womanizing monks, debt-laden gallants, lecherous corrupt officials, effeminate sea captains, bloodthirsty surgeons, and my dear friend Miss Williams, a reformed prostitute. Educated in the classics, armed with a confident conscientious attitude and my long-suffering sidekick, Strap, I fight the good fight staying, on the whole, morally upstanding throughout. Today, if there be such a thing as true happiness on earth, I enjoy it -- and without having spent a fortune on college either. After hearing me out, I expect you'll be as wonderfully transported as one dear wealthy gentleman who listened to my whole story and then blessed God for the adversity I had undergone, which, he said, enlarged the understanding, improved the heart, steeled the constitution, and qualified a young man for all the duties and enjoyments of life much better than any education which affluence could bestow.

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