A Sentimental Journey Through France And Italy

  • by Laurence Sterne
  • Narrated by Walter Covell
  • 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sterne is one of the most original and unexpected of writers, and A Sentimental Journey differs from other travel books as greatly as Tristram Shandy differs from other novels. Sterne travelled in France during the 1760s and drew on his experiences to write the narrative of Mr. Yorick, the Sentimental Traveller. Mr Yorick follows his Sensibility and finds pleasure in everything he does, in contrast to contemporary travel writers, Tobias Smollett in particular, whom Sterne satirizes in the figure of 'Smelfungus'. Sterne did not live to complete the part on Italy. He called it a "sentimental" journey because the point of travel was not to see sights or visit art collections, but to make meaningful contact with people. Yorick succeeds, but in every adventure, his ego or inappropriate desires and impulses get in the way of "sentimental commerce." The result is a light-hearted comedy of moral sentiments. Abroad Sterne became the "high priest of sentimentalism," and as such had a profound impact upon continental letters in the second half of the 18th century.

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Bad Production

You can't blame the author for this poor production of Sentimental Journey. The book itself is fragmentary, but for some reason, during production, someone decided to rearrange much of the text. In addition to liberties with the arrangement, the producer repeats sections. The result is nothing like the text. I do not recommend this recording.
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- Jarrod

For people who admire Lawrence Stearne

If you could sum up A Sentimental Journey Through France And Italy in three words, what would they be?

Stearne has written an irony driven narrative. It is witty and it is fun to read.


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- Jacob Arnon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-08-2004
  • Publisher: Jimcin Recordings