The Adventures of Roderick Random (Oxford World's Classics)

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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 wat 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 bord ship, and the novel combines documentary realism with great humour and panache.

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"This is a wonderful and important novel and its present editor who provides us with a very fine introduction is one of the great authorities on the period and author."--Gerald J. Butler, San Diego State Univ. "This is a wonderful and important novel and its present editor who provides us with a very fine introduction is one of the great authorities on the period and author."--Gerald J. Butler, San Diego State Univ. "This is a wonderful and important novel and its present editor who provides us with a very fine introduction is one of the great authorities on the period and author."--Gerald J. Butler, San Diego State Univ. "This is a wonderful and important novel and its present editor who provides us with a very fine introduction is one of the great authorities on the period and author."--Gerald J. Butler, San Diego State Univ.

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Roderick is combative, often violent, but capable of great affection and generosity. His father had been disinherited and has left Scotland leaving his son penniless. After a brief apprenticeship to a surgeon, the innocent Roderick travels to London where he encounters various rogues.

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