Tristram Shandy is an ironic masterpiece, a work of extraordinary originality, wit, and learning. It is a work of considerable philosophical complexity but at the same time it is just a piece of flim-flam; it has been called the longest shaggy dog story in English literature. It is both a classic novel and an anti-novel. It includes passages of seemingly serious theology - but it can also be read as an elaborate bawdy joke.
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Okay, so I know many of you aren't fans of the 18th-century novel, but this one is different. Sterne has written one of the funniest pieces of fiction of all time. Also, if you are fond of beautifully crafted sentences, you won't find any better in the language. The reader, James Moffat (sp?), knows how to exploit the rhythm and flow of those sentences and his comic timing is impecable. When I read this novel 20 years ago, I thought it was one of the best "reads" I had ever experienced. In Moffat's hands. it becomes one of the best "listens," as well.
I listen to two audiobooks a month. My main interest is in a well-told story, so I enjoy a lot of fiction. But I like history as well
Although I gave this listen three stars, I think I liked it more than that because it was so quirky. The reader is very good and captures the eccentricity of the British male upper class view of the world in the 18th century quite well. If you like dead-pan take-offs on British empiricism, utilitarianism, and male chauvanism you will probably find this odd-ball "biography" entertaining.
This was a great text which I always intended to read but never had the time. If this is true for you too, audible is the way to go.
The obvious one is Fielding's 'Tom Jones' they are both bildungromans from the 18th century, but Defoe's 'Moll Flanders' is the most comparable to Sterne from my perspective
I like the idea that a person's name influences their life and the way they view the world.
I think it has already been called a
Audible books are a great way to read books you always wanted to read but didn't have the time.
"Glorious Shaggy Dog Story"
Pull up your chair in the snug, with a pint of ale in your hand, and listen to the glorious ramblings and diversions of Mr. Sterne, raconteur par excellence.
Amazingly modern for a work written in the mid 18th century in the way it handles narrative, time, structure.
An entertainment, beautifully read by John Moffatt whose resonant tones convey the chucklesomeness of the whole thing.
"A wonderful reader brings this book to life"
This production is an absolute deligh! The reader brings the full range of emotional sensitivity, subtely, drama and high camp that the story requires. The book itselt is wonderfully funny, although a little hit and miss in places and ever so slightly over long. Maybe I'm just not educated enough to appreciate every nuiance.
In the words of film critic Mark Kermode:
'Most things would benefit from cutting out 20 minutes and adding an exploding helicopter'.
Wise words indeed.
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