Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Laurence Sterne- Tristram Shandy

Yet another book I read for a class and did not fully enjoy despite its many virtues.
I appreciate the novel approach Sterne has taken and the awareness of writing as an art in itself, and his innovations in the structure of the novel, but I do find it less that hilarious and not particularly funny. The various elements that relate to his impotence and the noses, shoes, bulls, broken house, the doctor with his forceps and the winding of the clock work passably well as literary devices but in all, I found it a rather taxing read with some remotely amusing moments.
Aside: I found the movie to be quite well done, although it, too, was not something I would ever choose to spend my time on.

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