Laurence Sterne’s most famous novel is a biting satire of literary conventions and contemporary 18th-century values. Renowned for its parody of established narrative techniques, Tristram Shandyis commonly regarded as the forerunner of avant-garde fiction. Tristram’s characteristic digressions on a whole range of unlikely subjects (including battle strategy and noses!) are endlessly surprising and make this one of Britain’s greatest comic achievements.
"Like discovering Frank Zappa in 250 years"
Laurence Sterne's beloved comic novel, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, is the "biography" of Tristram Shandy - a wonderfully humorous and eccentric narrator who guides the listener from his conception to his birth and on to his life as an adult. The twists and turns of Tristram's life expose him to such memorable characters as Uncle Toby, Corporal Trim, Parson Yorick, Dr. Slop, and the Widow Wadman - whose own stories enrich the central narrative of Tristram's life.
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman is a novel by Laurence Sterne considered one of the greatest comic novels in English. It was published in nine volumes, the first two appearing in 1759, and seven others following over the next 10 years. Laurence Sterne (1713 - 1768) was an Irish-born English novelist and an Anglican clergyman.
"A classic and a hoot"
Sterne is one of the most original and unexpected of writers, and A Sentimental Journey differs from other travel books as greatly as Tristram Shandy differs from other novels. Sterne travelled in France during the 1760s and drew on his experiences to write the narrative of Mr. Yorick, the Sentimental Traveller.
Published just months before his death in 1768, A Sentimental Journey is Sterne's lightly fictionalised account of his own European travels; and being Sterne, it is more about digressions, misunderstandings and risqué jokes than the places he visits. Narrated by the (apparently) innocent Parson Yorick, who appeared in Sterne's other masterpiece, Tristram Shandy, it is full of anecdote and incident, and is far more about the people than the landscapes on the road from Calais.
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.
Fully restored and remastered, Heritage Media presents the greatest of vintage artists in classic dramas from English and Irish Literature. Here is the legendary Ralph Richardson starring in 'Private Rooms' adapted from the original tale by J. B. Priestly and ‘My Uncle Toby’, adapted from Tristram Shandy, the original tale by Laurence Sterne. Theatre Royal is a unique series of classic radio dramas produced in the 1950s by the late Harry Alan Towers.
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.
"Excellent comic novel, superbly read!"
Laurence Sterne's The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman was first published in 1759. Ralph Richardson plays Tristram's eccentric Uncle Toby.
Dieser Roman (in engl.: Sentimental Journey), der eine Reise von Reverend Yorick nach Frankreich und Italien beschreiben sollte, blieb aufgrund des frühen Ablebens des Autors Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) unvollendet. Das vorliegende Buch beschreibt die Reise nach Paris. Es berichtet über sinnliche Eindrücke, Empfindungen sowie erotische Abenteuer dort. Übersetzt wurde das Werk im Jahr 1768 von Johann Joachim Christoph Bode, der auch Musiker und Verleger war. Bearbeitung: Wolfgang Nied, Regie: Peter Ebert.
Laurence Sterne's A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy was first published just before his death in 1768. Ralph Richardson plays The Reverend Mr. Yorick (Sterne thinly disguised) during his amorous journey through France.