Posted by marinerd on Fri, 04/21/2006 - 11:01pm.
Since nobody is using this thread, I thought I'd let Desert Fox know that I just finished reading Tristram Shandy. I loved it! I thought it was really funny, enjoyed the style very much, and found it easy going all the way. I think seeing the movie first might have helped let me know what I was in for.

I guess you just have to let Tristram do whatever he wants, and let go of any expectation of a coherent story, with a progression and resolution, and you'll be rewarded with a delightful experience. I also liked the way he had some interesting speculations and philosophy hiding in the comedy here and there. As an early example of an experimental novel, it's very trippy.

As they say, obviously, your mileage may vary. It generally wins in English Lit student polls as Most Hated Novel. Whatever. As a Friday song I should put in "Lillabullera" in honor of Tristram's Uncle Toby, but I don't know the words.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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