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Tristram Shandy

Sterne, Laurence

(Book - 1991)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Tristram Shandy
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"Presents the eighteenth-century comic novel in which Tristram Shandy, the narrator, attempts to tell the story of his life but becomes totally bogged down in tales of his eccentric family."

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Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1991
ISBN: 9780679405603
0679405607
Branch Call Number: FICTION STERNE 1991
Characteristics: xxix, 197 p. ;,21 cm

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(1759–1767) "Sterne's great comic novel is the fictional autobiography of Tristram Shandy, a hero who fails even to get born in the first two volumes. Beginning with Tristram's conception, the novel recounts his progress in 'this scurvy and disasterous world of ours', including his misnaming... Read More »

This ribald, high-spirited work is the original experimental novel, provoking literary scandal when it was first published in 1760. With its ingenious structure--composed of an unconventional time scheme and self-declared digressive-progressive style--and its exuberant pretense of being an autobi... Read More »


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Dec 17, 2012
  • wbellott rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Laugh out loud funny. Absurd and literary in the tradition of The Praise of Folly. The French travelogue about 2/3 of the way through is pretty dull, I recommend skipping over it entirely and getting back to the story of Tristram's Uncle and the widow woman next door.

Jul 11, 2011
  • Claidheamohmor rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Since Tristram Shandy has older, more verbose language, being patient with your reading and understanding of the writing can reward you with some good laughs.

Nov 14, 2009
  • vickiz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Intriguing, dense, rich and challenging, this book is ostensibly the title character's first person narrative about his life. He is easily distracted, rambles on, and contemplates everything from sex to philosophy to household mishaps. Tristram Shandy's is a lively stream of consciousness style that is decidedly precocious and modern for a book published in the mid 1700s.

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Jul 11, 2011
  • Claidheamohmor rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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