The Adventures of Roderick Random

Tobias Smollett


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The Adventures of Roderick Random is a novel by Scottish author Tobias Smollett, first published in 1748. A picaresque novel, the book is set in the 1730s and 1740s and tells the story of Roderick 'Rory' Random, who is shunned by his father's family, due to the lower-class status of his mother. After being expelled from his studies he embarks on a series of adventures, visiting London, Bath, France, South America, the West Indies, and West Africa, with his companion, the simple-hearted Hugh Strap. With little money of his own he spends a great deal of time trying to court wealthy woman as well as twice ending up serving on British ships. The novel was partially based on Smollett's experiences as a naval-surgeon's mate in the Royal Navy. With themes such as hypocrisy, greed, deceit, and snobbery, it was this novel that made the author famous.

This book has 191,353 words, 291 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1748.

Production notes: This ebook of The Adventures of Roderick Random was published by Global Grey on the 28th September 2022. The artwork used for the cover is 'Self Portrait' by John Baptist Medina.

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