The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy Laurence Sterne s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy Gentleman is a huge literary paradox for it is both a novel and an anti novel As a comic novel replete with bawdy humour and generous senti

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  • Title: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy
  • Author: Laurence Sterne
  • ISBN: 9781853262913
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Paperback
  • Laurence Sterne s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman is a huge literary paradox, for it is both a novel and an anti novel As a comic novel replete with bawdy humour and generous sentiments, it introduces us to a vivid group of memorable characters, variously eccentric, farcical and endearing As an anti novel, it is a deliberately tantalising and exuberanLaurence Sterne s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman is a huge literary paradox, for it is both a novel and an anti novel As a comic novel replete with bawdy humour and generous sentiments, it introduces us to a vivid group of memorable characters, variously eccentric, farcical and endearing As an anti novel, it is a deliberately tantalising and exuberantly egotistic work, ostentatiously digressive, involving the reader in the labryinthine creation of a purported autobiography.This mecurial eighteenth century text thus anticipates modernism and postmodernism Vibrant and bizarre, Tristam Shandy provides an unforgettable experience We may see why Nietzsche termed Sterne the most liberated spirit of all time.

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    1. 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 more 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 revi [...]

    2. 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 chap [...]

    3. 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 more 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 L [...]

    4. 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. ** [...]

    5. 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 [Ergänzung 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 [...]

    6. 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 m [...]

    7. “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) [...]

    8. 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 v [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. 963. Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterneتاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و پنجم ماه سپتامبر سال 2000 میلادیعنوان: زندگانی و عقاید آقای تریسترام شندی؛ نویسنده: لارنس استرن؛ مترجم: ابراهیم یونسی؛ انتشارات نسل قلم، 1378، در دو جلد؛ رمانی‌ ست نوشته «لارنس استرن» در نه جلد (نسخه اصلی). دو جلد نخست از رمان در سال 17 [...]

    12. Bazı kitaplar beklentilerimi bir milim oynatsa kapağından öpüp başıma koyuyorum. Tristram Shandy’nin beklentilerimde yarattığı sarsıntıyı ölçebilecek Richter ölçeği yok. Her haliyle çok zor bir kitap. Son bir haftadır kendisiyle ve referanslarıyla fazla haşır neşirim. Rüyalarımda maun masada parşömen dolduran perukalı adamlar ve tüberkülozlu rahipler görmemden ötürü son yarısını biraz hızlı okuyarak kitapla aramdaki münasebeti daha da zorlaştırdım. K [...]

    13. Πρώτα από όλα… Θα σας παρακαλούσα να επισκεφθείτε την σελίδα του συγγραφέα, εδώ στο , προκειμένου να δείτε το πορτραίτο του. Παρατηρήστε το πρόσωπο του και στην συνέχεια φανταστείτε τον να γράφει ολόκληρο το βιβλίο με αυτό ακριβώς το βλέμμα. Αυτήν η ίσως παιχνιδιάρικη ματι [...]

    14. 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 per [...]

    15. 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 causalit [...]

    16. 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 Danc [...]

    17. 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 Sentim [...]

    18. 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 [...]

    19. '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 example [...]

    20. 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 postmoder [...]

    21. 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 more than I have in any other book. I laughed out loud [...]

    22. Há livros que me fazem sentir tão burra!Este é um desses. Não percebo o que há para gostar e juro que me esforcei: aturei sermões, excomunhões, narizes grandes, castanhas quentes, cavalos-de-pau,uma cegarrega!O Tristram Shandy parece-me aquelas pessoas que para contarem que na véspera jantaram peixe frito, contam a história do filho da prima da vizinha, que namora com a amante do chefe da cunhada da padeira que está grávida de trigémeos que vão nascer, de cesariana no Natal do próx [...]

    23. 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 more aware of the general gist of the work, which at least placed it somewhere on my “to r [...]

    24. 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 more 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 invit [...]

    25. পাক্কা দেড়টা মাস লেগে গেলো এই বইয়ের শ্রাদ্ধ করতে।তবে, বই নিয়ে কথা পরে। আগে আলাপ পাড়ি।ঐদিন শেক্সপীয়ারবাবুর ম্যাকবেথ হাতে লইলাম, উল্টেপাল্টে দেখি, পড়া যেতে পারে, ইতংবিত। তেসরা পাতায় দেখি এক স [...]

    26. 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 o [...]

    27. "Read, read, read, read, my unlearned reader! Readr without much reading, by which, your reverence knows, I mean much knowledge, you will no more 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 obscur [...]

    28. 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 co [...]

    29. (Lightning Review)Real review someday. In the interim, just know that this should be in close proximity to Don Quixote on your shelves. Hard to believe it was written in the 1700's, but also hard to believe it was written at all. Basically most of the stuff ya love has some roots here, you postmodernist length-lovers. Not judging, I'm a size queen myself.Lightning review grade: Throwdown-before-Theroux-down

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