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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,069 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurence Sterne Narrator: John Moffat Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Hannah | 2/18/2014

    " I think if I had actually tried to get through this novel, I might have liked it more. However, I read it for a class and just found it impossible to read entirely in the amount of time I was given. Tristram's narrative is both entertaining and frustrating. His tangents diverge from the plot, if you could call it that, to the extent that you lose track of time and space. That being said, I didn't read it all the way through, so I think upon closer reading it might be enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ned Lindau | 2/16/2014

    " What was most impressive to me about this book was how funny it still was some 250 years later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dylan | 2/15/2014

    " A novel "unstuck in time." At once a paean to the past and harbinger for that which may not have yet happened, this novel defies all categorization. Never has the vehicle of literature been explored, employed, and exploited to this extent. Sterne develops the characters as he sees fit, only to surrender control of the character (and the perception of the character) wholly the reader, and then snatches it back. This push and pull with the reader anticipates post-modernism by some two centuries. Add to that entire chapters left blank for the reader to A) either shout at in frustration or B) ascertain for themselves what developments took place, and you have originality manifest (consider also that the book was published in 1759). Any student of literature (serious or otherwise) must experience this work to have a full appreciation of the development of the novel medium. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maggie-Kate | 2/12/2014

    " I think this is possibly my favorite book. Or it would be if I were the kind of a person who could have a favorite book. And I'm not. This is the kind of book that makes me angry at every educational institute I have ever attended for not making me read it along with Shakespeare and friends. And also possibly grateful to every educational institute I have attended for not making me read it and thus allowing me to discover it on my own. Like life, it is profound and insane and delightful and moving and possibly all one big joke. Or at least one big penis joke. And don't even think of adapting it into a musical. I'm calling dibs. "

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