The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

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Laurence Sterne’s most famous novel is a biting satire of literary conventions and contemporary 18th-century values. A cast of strange characters populate this strangest of novels: gentle Uncle Toby, sarcastic Walter and of course, the pompous, garrulous Tristram himself.

ISBN: 9780141199993 Author: Sterne, Laurence Publisher: Penguin Classics Publication Date: 25th October 2012 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 823.6 (edition:23) Pages: 639 Language: English Edition: Reprint Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

The Penguin English Library Edition of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne

‘I am got, I know not how, into a cold unmetaphorical vein of infamous writing, and cannot take a plumb-lift out of it for my soul; so must be obliged to go on writing like a Dutch commentator to the end of the chapter, unless something be done …’

Laurence Sterne’s great masterpiece of bawdy humour and rich satire defies any attempt to categorize it. Part novel, part digression, its gloriously disordered narrative interweaves the birth and life of the unfortunate ‘hero’ Tristram Shandy, the eccentric philosophy of his father Walter, the amours and military obsessions of Uncle Toby, and a host of other characters, including Dr Slop, Corporal Trim and the parson Yorick. A joyful celebration of the endless possibilities of the art of fiction, Tristram Shandy is also a wry demonstration of its limitations.

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