The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy

Laurence Sterne Christopher Ricks Graham Petrie

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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy By Laurence Sterne Christopher Ricks Graham Petrie The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy No one description will fit this strange eccentric endlessly complex masterpiece It is a fiction about fiction writing in which the invented world is as much infused with wit and genius as the theme

  • Title: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy
  • Author: Laurence Sterne Christopher Ricks Graham Petrie
  • ISBN: 9780140430196
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy By Laurence Sterne Christopher Ricks Graham Petrie No one description will fit this strange, eccentric, endlessly complex masterpiece It is a fiction about fiction writing in which the invented world is as much infused with wit and genius as the theme of inventing it It is a joyful celebration of the infinite possibilities of the art of fiction, and a wry demonstration of its limitations This Penguin Classic contains ChNo one description will fit this strange, eccentric, endlessly complex masterpiece It is a fiction about fiction writing in which the invented world is as much infused with wit and genius as the theme of inventing it It is a joyful celebration of the infinite possibilities of the art of fiction, and a wry demonstration of its limitations This Penguin Classic contains Christopher Ricks s introductory essay, itself a classic of English literary criticism, together with a new introduction on the recent critical history and influence of Tristram Shandy by Melvyn New The text and notes are based on the acclaimed Florida Edition, making the scholarship of the Florida editors readily available for the first time.
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    1. Lisa on said:

      Before I start my review of this delightful classic, I have to tell you a short anecdote from my teaching life But don t worry, it is not really a digression at all, as it is leading directly to the essence of this novel It actually has relevance for Tristram Shandy than many of the anecdotes Tristram himself tells in his story If it is a digression, which I formally dispute, partly because you can t really digress before you have begun, and partly because it is crucial for the review s essenti [...]

    2. Renato Magalhães Rocha on said:

      I failed big time in reviewing this.Oh well.I tried mentioning Sterne s style and his humor I tried to include some of my favorite quotes and even show one of the cool drawings included And I tried stating how much I loved it.However, when I finished and read it, it didn t do the book any justice at all.So all that s left for me to do is tell you to go read it.Rating 5 starsThis is one of those books we encounter in life that, despite being completely enchanted and raptured chapter after chapter [...]

    3. Fionnuala on said:

      Before I began this book Now don t climb on your hobby horse, or rather, don t pounce on your keyboard to tell me that I didn t actually begin this book, that it was Laurence Sterne who began this book than two hundred and fifty years ago, long before I was even a in my mothers s eye or an answering in my father s So, before I began reading this book, like many amongst you, I had preconceived ideas Yes, it is worth paying attention to the wording here because the Life and some of the Opinions o [...]

    4. Paul Bryant on said:

      I would like to dedicate the following old review to a much missed GR friend, Bird Brian, who appears as a character in my review He provided us with many hours of free entertainment with his great rants against every possible aspect of capitalism and the American government But 50% of him left when bought GR, and the rest of him disappeared when the censorship controversy splurged all over our heads And now he is not here to excoriate all the bad people and discover all the conspiracies NICHOLA [...]

    5. Nathan "N.R." Gaddis on said:

      The Shandian Spawn If on a friend s bookshelf You cannot find Joyce or Sterne Cervantes, Rabelais, or Burton, Gaddis or Gass, Pynchon or McElroy, David Foster Wallace, William T Vollmann, Alexander Theroux or Gilbert Sorrentino, You are in danger, face the fact, So kick him first or punch him hard And from him hide behind a curtain Alexander Theroux Erg nzung von N.R Do I really have to say that again But, so, let s look at what Steven Moore claims to be the stream of spawn flowing forth from th [...]

    6. Vit Babenco on said:

      So many great discoveries were made absolutely unintentionally Christopher Columbus was sailing to India and unexpectedly discovered America without any slightest suspicions.Laurence Sterne was writing some obscure petty biography and unawares discovered postmodernism.But the most weird and paradoxical thing about it is that he discovered postmodernism long before the modernists managed to discover modernism.It had ever been the custom of the family, and by length of time was almost become a mat [...]

    7. Darwin8u on said:

      Shall we for ever make new books, as apothecaries make new mixtures, by pouring only out of one vessel into another Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, GentlemanA POEM IN WHICH IS A CELEBRATION BY NEGATIONor, a repartee on jeopardy.If on a friend s bookshelfYou cannot find Joyce or SterneCervantes, Rabelais, or Burton,You are in danger, face the fact,So kick him first or punch him hardAnd from him hide behind a curtain Alexander Theroux I was of course destined to love thi [...]

    8. Ian "Marvin" Graye on said:

      DedicationThis was a re read of a novel that I first read when I was about 14 and that has stayed fresh in my mind ever since.It was recommended to me by my cricket coach and favourite teacher, John Carr, who taught me English for five years and cemented my passion for Literature in the early 70 s His Master s Thesis was on Evelyn Waugh s Sword of Honour Trilogy which I ve also read and plan to re read I was amused to learn from Steven Moore that one John Carr rushed out a fake version of volume [...]

    9. Ted on said:

      The name of this review in its saved document is Review Tristram Shandy NEEDS A FULLER REVIEW Hence this fuller review, dashed off in a few minutes, or tens or twenties or thirties of minutes Which of course reminds us, as Montaigne once wrote, The hour of parleying is dangerous But given that truth, what am I to say about my own parleying with Sterne, if it goes on beyond an hour or achieves its end in less than an hour By whom would this danger be faced By I the writer Or by you the reader And [...]

    10. Algernon on said:

      Hindsight is a beaut I should have written separate reviews for each of the original nine Shandy volumes, since I just spend about two days just trying to put some order into my multitudinous notes and now I have enough material and food for thought for at least nine reviews This book is a glorious, licentious, philosophical mess designed right from the start in a labyrinthine manner by one of the brightest and sharpest wits of our literary pantheon I thought, when I first noticed the glowing re [...]

    11. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      963 Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne 2000 1378 1759 1378

    12. Buğra Aydoğan on said:

      Baz kitaplar beklentilerimi bir milim oynatsa kapa ndan p p ba ma koyuyorum Tristram Shandy nin beklentilerimde yaratt sars nt y l ebilecek Richter l e i yok Her haliyle ok zor bir kitap Son bir haftad r kendisiyle ve referanslar yla fazla ha r ne irim R yalar mda maun masada par men dolduran perukal adamlar ve t berk lozlu rahipler g rmemden t r son yar s n biraz h zl okuyarak kitapla aramdaki m nasebeti daha da zorla t rd m Kapa a p Orhan Pamuk un ns z n devirdikten sonra kar ma anlams z, kurg [...]

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    14. MJ Nicholls on said:

      This edition from Visual Editions expands upon, or at least emphasises, the typographical fancies Sterne deployed for his maddening nine book digressive epic Combining black and red font effects all the dashes and chapter titles are in red , with unique artistic stunts the infamous black page is replaced by a strikethrough design, various font frolics are exaggerated in amusing ways, and one page includes a moisture effect using semi laminate bubbles over the text , the book isn t perhaps as rad [...]

    15. Tony on said:

      May it please your honours, and you, Madam, who certainly inspired the reading if not the reviewing of this book with your own as I tend not to dabble in the 18th Century This seminal tale, waxing autobiographical, takes three of the nine volumes at play before our narrator is coaxed out and erroneously christened My own arrival was unremarkable if somewhat delayed My mother, prone to superstition and intuitive causality, she would, for instance, blame NASA for every weather event indicted a ser [...]

    16. David Lentz on said:

      There is so much in this novel one hardly knows where to begin, which is Sterne s hilarious problem for the first 300 pages or so Tristram Shandy is a comic masterpiece, like Fielding s Tom Jones, which arose barely after the invention of the genre Even Sterne s name almost seems a play on words and it s easy to see why great minds who followed Sterne like Nietzsche Note The Ass Festival in Zarathustra , Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot , James Joyce Ulysses and J.P Donleavy Darcy Dancer, Gentle [...]

    17. Elena on said:

      Wittgenstein once noted that you could profitably write an entire work of philosophy that is comprised entirely of jokes I wonder if he got the idea from Tristram Shandy since he said it was one of his favourite books , because this is exactly what Sterne has done here Because he has chosen humor as his medium, Sterne, like Shakespeare s tragically prophetic and misunderstood jester Yorick who seems to be chosen by Sterne as his emblem, since he figures not just here but also in his A Sentimenta [...]

    18. Jeremy on said:

      I wanted to like this, I really did Sterne is a hugely inventive, hugely capable writer Maybe he doesn t go in for the batshit linguistic free for all that people like James Joyce do, but he is every bit as bizarre and technically innovative You could recognize one of his wildly digressive, over mannered sentences in a heartbeat But I still couldn t stand Tristam Shandy Not because it s bad per se, parts of it are extremely engaging and genuinely funny in a way that basically no writing from the [...]

    19. aPriL does feral sometimes on said:

      The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy is a fictional memoir of sorts, but the novel is written in a manner to subvert the formal conventions of the novel a proto post modern genre , and along the way, assert the role of the author as a Maximus Prime Writer, or in other words, someone in complete control of your television set It is all in good fun, a wonderful satire that aims for lowbrow comedy by using every single aspect of the highbrow educated culture of 1760 To mention some examples of [...]

    20. ba on said:

      To be honest, I never heard of this book before the film came out last year My wife heard an NPR report on the film, and they used the terms Post Modern and Unfilmable so many times that she knew I would be interested We saw the film and liked it I finally picked upthe book and read it, expecting a challenging work that would yield some intellectual dividends if I could just plow through it somehow In actuality, the book was a very fun read It did indeed have the foreshadowings of postmodern fla [...]

    21. Melissa Rudder on said:

      I am shocked at the drastic change of my opinion on The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne After I read it a mere three years ago, I swore I would take my MA Exam without rereading it to avoid undergoing such torture a second time I gave it one star on Having forgotten everything about the novel aside from my distaste for it , I had to reread it for the exam And I thoroughly enjoyed it I wrote ha in the margins than I have in any other book I laughed out loud I read section [...]

    22. Teresa Proença on said:

      H livros que me fazem sentir t o burra Este um desses N o percebo o que h para gostar e juro que me esforcei aturei serm es, excomunh es, narizes grandes, castanhas quentes, cavalos de pau,uma cegarrega O Tristram Shandy parece me aquelas pessoas que para contarem que na v spera jantaram peixe frito, contam a hist ria do filho da prima da vizinha, que namora com a amante do chefe da cunhada da padeira que est gr vida de trig meos que v o nascer, de cesariana no Natal do pr ximo ano, e por isso n [...]

    23. Ronald Morton on said:

      This book is amazing I m just going to stick that up here at the top, before I go off on a tangent, so it shows up for any of you browsing reviews attached to this book.Books like this cause me a great deal of anxiety I know that s weird, so let me explain I ve been aware of Tristam Shandy for the majority of my reading life, though it was only in college a decade or so ago that I became a bit aware of the general gist of the work, which at least placed it somewhere on my to read list, though i [...]

    24. Bruce on said:

      To describe this late 18th century novel as being characterized by constant digressions, as is often done and even by Sterne himself , is probably inaccurate, since to digress implies that one has an ultimate goal in mind from which one is recurrently sidetracked Sterne s narrative has no particular goal from which to digress, his interest being in following his mind and its associations wherever they may lead him In that sense, his mind is like the minds of all of us, and we are invited to wat [...]

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    26. Ben on said:

      I ve got but 20,000 characters with which to express my thoughts on Laurence Sterne s digressive heavy masterpiece The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, so I must make sure to add no digressions of my own on the subjects of buttonholes, pishes, knots or anything else Though a digression on digressions might be warranted it too must be avoided While a space consisting of 20,000 characters may seem ample for reviewing a work, its shortcomings surely become quite evident when one che [...]

    27. Alex on said:

      Read, read, read, read, my unlearned reader Readr without much reading, by which, your reverence knows, I mean much knowledge, you will no be able to penetrate the meaning of my next marbled page motly emblem of my work than the world with all its sagacity has been able to unravel the many opinions, transactions and truths which still lie mystically hid under the dark veil of the black one III.35 There s the most quoted bit from Tristram Shandy, which is full of references to obscure works, wor [...]

    28. Robert on said:

      Sois 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, appearing nearly two centuries before the term was coined, there s no over all plot and only a few episodes that could really constitute something approaching a sub plot, there are blank chapters, a space for one [...]

    29. Roy Lotz on said:

      Nothing odd will do long Tristram Shandy did not last Samuel JohnsonI wonder if Laurence Sterne, duty bound as he was, him being the author, or at the least the transcriber of this tale as sometimes stories seem to come from some higher power, and we merely jot them down I wonder, I say, if he had duly considered what he was about when he birthed this work from his brain whether he well understood how much depended on the doing, as there is after all no telling how many people will come to read [...]

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