The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
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Laurence Sterne (1713–1768) was an Anglo-Irish novelist and an Anglican clergyman.
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (or, more briefly, Tristram Shandy) is a novel by Laurence Sterne, published between 1759–1767. Sterne promises the “life and opinions” of his protagonist.
Yet halfway through the fourth volume of nine, we are still in the first day of the hero’s life thanks to marvelous digressions and what the narrator calls “unforeseen stoppages”—detailing the quirky habits of his eccentric family members and their friends.
This broken narrative is unified by Sterne’s comic touch, which shimmers in this thoroughly entertaining novel that harks back to Don Quixote and foreshadows Ulysses. But it is one of the central jokes of the novel that he cannot explain anything simply, that he must make explanatory diversions to add context and colour to his tale. [mehr]
Stichwörter: Laurence Stern, Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, Life and Opinions, Narratives, Literature, Fiction, Yorick, Parson, Dictor Slop, Susannah, Uncle Toby, Comic Touch, Humour, Novel, Walter