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A Political Romance

Laurence Sterne

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Verbo Sacerdotis, That this was his Meaning, and was so understood by Trim himself."

With the Weight of this Truth, and the great good Sense and strong Reason which accompanied all the Parson said upon the Subject,—poor Trim was driven to his last Shift,—and begg'd he might be suffered to plead his Right and Title to the Watch-Coat, if not by Promise, at least by Services.—It was well known how much he was entitled to it upon these Scores: That he had black'd the Parson's Shoes without Count, and greased his Boots above fifty Times:—That he had run for Eggs into the Town upon all Occasions;—whetted the Knives at all Hours;—catched his Horse and rubbed him down:—That for his Wife she had been ready upon all Occasions to charr for them;—and neither he nor she, to the best of his Remembrance, ever took a Farthing, or any thing beyond a Mug of Ale.—To this Account of his Services he begg'd Leave to add those of his . . . Read More

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Written in the rambling, laconic but clearly deliberate and perfectly modulated style which Sterne got down to a fine art in Tristram Shandy, A Sentimental Journey is the loose journal of the lonely and very English Parson Yorick on a trip through France in the mid-Eighteenth century.

The book is...more

For those curious as to Sternes other thing besides Tristram Shandy, let me make it clear: no, this is not another spearheading postmodern masterpiece. This is a vicaresque (hasee what I did there?) travelogue narrated by the curious Yorick, a man of questionable virtue. The chapters are bitesize...more

I hadnt read any Sterne for years, but revisiting A Sentimental Journey reminded me of how hilarious he is, and how sophisticated and experimental. Its salutary, as always, to remember quite how postmodern premodern literature can be.

The book was Sternes last, published less than a month before...more

There are worse occupations in this world than feeling a womans pulse.
- Laurence Sterne, A Sentimental Journey

Published literally RIGHT before poor Sterne died, this short (and well-received) book is basically a fake travelogue through France and Italy. Yorick plays the part of Sterne's alter-ego...more

Orhan Pamuk, Tristram Shandy'nin önsözünde Tristram için herkesin böyle bir amcası olmalı yazmıştı. Görüyor ve herkesin Yorick gibi bir yol arkadaşı olmalı diyerek arttırıyorum. Laurence Sterne'in daha Tristram Shandy'yi bitiremeden ölüp gitmesini sindirememişken, bitiremediği ikinci bir kitabı o...more

Whether modern or old, the edition of a book is important. I am very fussy and perhaps even sentimental about this. For me a book is a physical object to be cherished for its sheer physicality as much as for its sentiment and sense. My first choice for A Sentimental Journey is the Oxford World's...more

This novel is based on a trip that Sterne took in 1765 through France and Italy. How much is true and how much is fiction is uncertain, but after reading it I suspect it is mostly fiction. It's quixotic in nature and structure, but Sterne's episodic tales of Yorick, a British clergyman, fall well...more

The only novel I know where the author purposedly omitted the last word. And that word, if I may so delicately disclose, is CUNT. Or the equivalent old slang term they use for it when this was first published in 1768: CASE. As in:

"His Pego measur'd to the Female Case,
"Betwixt a Woman's Thighs his...more

This is pure character-driven, plotless fun. It's a travel tale in which the first-person narrator drifts from incident to incident and it is always the idiosyncratic power of his voice that carries us along. The text is not easy, loaded with archaisms and French expressions as it is. Light reade...more

A Sentimental Journey of Laurence Sterne offers to us an original narrative of a journey between England and Italy in the 18th century. Turn by turn guide, companion, or sentimental confidant, Sterne invites us to follow his provocative digressions.

Lisbon Book-Fair 2016.

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