Tristram Shandy

  • by Laurence Sterne
  • Narrated by Peter Barker
  • 21 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
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A classic and a hoot

The shaggy dog story may be a tale told aloud that never quite makes a point, or gets to a point. Like a verbal meme, you find yourself trying to re-tell the story, a bit like whistling a tune that lingers in your mind. If the story touches on married life and even approaches the bawdy, the prose and the humor are so innocent that even good-humored blue-noses have secretly enjoyed Sterne for literal centuries.

If you read the ink and paper version - even if you never quite finished - you may find Peter Parker's reading opens whole new vistas. Besides accents and cadences, this book cries out for a slower, no-slimming approach. A bit like rolling an elegant coffee over your palate. The Librivox version is a joy, but Parker is a quiet but unanswerable argument for the thoughtful, professional reader.

A gentle, laughing ramble through unlikely but kindly people, with philosophy as love of wit and wisdom and the ever-surprising.

In an oddly post-modern opening, the dedication to the English prime minister (Pitt the elder, French and Indian war leader in American terms) is followed by an offer to sell the dedication for the second and following printings. Not the passionate and personal rejection of noble patronage, but writing and reading for joy, laughter and elegant stories.

How about a chapter on "whiskers" as a word for "bawdy," or Uncle Toby whistling Liliabollero (there are recordings on the web, and whistling along is itself a hoot) discussed and characterized as formal rhetoric following Aristotle and Cicero?

Whether you enjoy or ignore the Military History channel, Uncle Toby's model of the fortification outside Nemours (where the original Dartagnon won fame) partly frames the intricate technical terms of fortification (a boulevard originally meant a street built where a large, low earth-core wall once stood; Toby watched them being built around most serious cities in West Europe).

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- Theodore

Well read!

What did you love best about Tristram Shandy?

The narrator really captures the mood feel and tone that you would imagine to be the author's own. It is said this was Thomas Jefferson's favorite book and one can only marvel at what he would have thought of a device that lets you listen to the book.

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- Mike

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-21-2009
  • Publisher: RNIB