Try Kundera, either The Unbearable Lightness of Being or Immortality. We can read one of them together as an extra book if you like. I first read TULoB shortly after I first read Tom Jones and there seemed an obvious similarity of form in that both have those chapters which Fielding says were the most difficult to write and probably the most boring to read. I love them myself. The professor who introduced me to Kundera also made the comparison to Fielding.
We're probably, to a great extent, talking to cross purposes about aesthetics. Of course books make me reflect on life. I just don't want them to seem like commentary on life. I want them to be as ambiguous as life itself. But I want them to show me something of life.
The extent to which I kid remains to be seen. Thanks for your offer.
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