Tristram Shandy

Sterne, Laurence

| 1979

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This bawdy, high-spirited novel--whose author, Laurence Sterne, was described by Diderot as "the Rabelais of the English"--provoked a literary scandal when its first two volumes were published in 1759. A masterpiece of narrative absurdity, ribald humor, and philosophical playfulness, Tristram Shandy is famously studded with witty metafictional gambits--chapters out of order, blank and blacked-out pages, a preface that occurs in the middle of the book--that prefigured postmodernism by two centuries. Tristram Shandy, the hero of this fictional autobiography, purports to narrate the story of his life, but along the way he engages in so many colorful digressions and exuberant jokes that his birth does not even occur until Volume III. In the meantime, we meet an unforgettable supporting cast of characters--including Shandy's father and mother, his uncle Toby, the servant Trim, Dr. Slop,...

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2010-07-02

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Ok, det hr gick bara inte En knapp femtedel in i volym ett av tre inser jag att det helt enkelt inte r vrt en hjrnbldning orsakad av total uttrkning att sl pannbenet blodigt mot boken bara fr att sanningsenligt kunna hvda att jag har lst den. Jag frstr mycket vl att det r en av bokens ponger att Tristram sjlv, nr han egentligen ska bertta om sitt eget liv, far ivg i s mnga utvikningar att det egna livet r vad som avhandlas minst av allt. Det gr den inte intressantare.

Man frstr liksom p hll att boken ska vara bde skabrs och humoristisk (tydliga paralleller kan dras till bde Rabelais och Cervantes) men alla dessa antydningar, fr att inte tala om en eventuell handling, drnks i en fullkomlig eruption av ord. Man skulle kunna tro att Laurence Sterne fick betalt per spaltmeter.