Tristram Shandy

Tristram Shandy

Book - 1991
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Publisher: New York, NY : Everyman's Library, 1991.
Branch Call Number: +F STE
Characteristics: 512 pages

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jensenmk
Aug 26, 2016

What a book! Definitely not for everyone, but for those of a reflective bent who are willingly to make the effort, it's a book that's worth reading and rereading. Despite the apparently offhand character of the prose, it's not really a book for light reading, though it can be read casually as such. But even Sterne's most lighthearted comments repay rereading and reflection. The language is difficult, so a taste for the recondite is probably also a precondition of enjoying this classic, whose historical influence on Western literature has been great.

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Claidheamohmor
Jul 11, 2011

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.

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vickiz
Nov 14, 2009

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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jensenmk
Aug 26, 2016

jensenmk thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Claidheamohmor
Jul 11, 2011

Claidheamohmor thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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jensenmk
Aug 26, 2016

The life and opinions not of Tristram Shandy, really, but of his father Walter Shandy and his uncle Toby, his mother's brother.

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jensenmk
Aug 26, 2016

Sexual Content: Nothing very explicit (it was written in the 1750s and 1760s), but there are extended passages that flirt with bawdiness.

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