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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman - Laurence Sterne, Robert Folkenflik
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
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Introduction and Notes by Robert FolkenflikRich in playful double entendres, digressions, formal oddities, and typographical experiments, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman provoked a literary sensation when it first appeared in England in a series of volumes from 1759 to 1767.... show more
Introduction and Notes by Robert FolkenflikRich in playful double entendres, digressions, formal oddities, and typographical experiments, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman provoked a literary sensation when it first appeared in England in a series of volumes from 1759 to 1767. An ingeniously structured novel (about writing a novel) that fascinates like a verbal game of chess, Tristram Shandy is the most protean and playful English novel of the eighteenth century and a celebration of the art of fiction; its inventiveness anticipates the work of Joyce, Rushdie, and Fuentes in our own century. This Modern Library Paperback is set from the nine-volume first edition from 1759.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375761195 (0375761195)
ASIN: 375761195
Publisher: Modern Library
Pages no: 704
Edition language: English
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Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
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2.0 Keep On Trying: "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" by Laurence Sterne
(Original Review, 2002-06-20)Many very good books are not difficult to read--at least for the people who read them and have read them. But books can become difficult when difference of culture, or viewpoint, or language, or elapsed time intervene. Dickens is more difficult now than 150 years ago, an...
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2.0 The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne
So...this book is one giant joke constructed of smaller jokes and it takes the mick out of nigh on everything; novels, novelists, travel, travel writers, army officers, doctors, clergymen, amours, marriage, you name it, and not least readers. Considered by some to be the first Modernist novel, app...
A Man With A Spooky Agenda
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2.0 The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Oxford World's Classics)
'Tristram Shandy' was my October, and I'm a little upset about that. It's true that I was able to squeeze in a few other things, but a few graphic novels and a child's book fail to even out the scales of a month.Sterne for his day, I'm sure, was hilarious. Countenances must have lit up left and righ...
The English Student
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2.0 The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman - Laurence Sterne
Whatever I was expecting when this turned up on my university reading list, it wasn't this. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, published (unbelievably, for reasons that shall become clear in a moment) in 1759, is a novel (perhaps) following the perenially unlucky, not to say ridi...
Lisa (Harmony)
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2.0 The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Penguin Classics)
There’s nothing quite like this in all the books I’ve read. Although in its erudition and exuberance and experimentation and bawdiness and its massive digressions it reminds me in some ways of Melville’s Moby Dick, in other ways of Lewis Carroll’s Alice books, and in other ways of Joyce’s Ulysses. ...
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