The Life And Opinions Of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (V. 2)

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CHAPTER IV And lastly—for of all the choice anecdotes which history can produce of this matter, continued my father,—this, like the gilded dome which covers in the fabric, crowns all. "Tis of Cornelius Gallus, the praetor, which I...
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CHAPTER IV And lastly—for of all the choice anecdotes which history can produce of this matter, continued my father,—this, like the gilded dome which covers in the fabric, crowns all. "Tis of Cornelius Gallus, the praetor, which I dare say I have not, replied my uncle. . . . He died, said my father, . . . And if it was with his wife, said my uncle Toby—there could be no hurt in it. ... That's more than I know, replied my father. CHAPTER V My mother was going very gingerly in the dark, along the passage which led to the parlour, as my uncle Toby pronounced the word wife.—'Tis a shrill penetrating sound of itself, and Obadiah had helped it, by leaving the door a little ajar, so that my mother heard enough of it to imagine herself the subject of conversation ; so laying the edge of her finger across her two lips, holding in her breath, and bending her head a little downwards, with a twist of her neck—(not towards the door, but from it, by which means her ear was brought to the chink) —she listened with all her powers:—the listening slave, with the goddess of Silence at his back, could not have given a finer thought for an intaglio. In this attitude I am determined to let her stand for five minutes, till I bring up the affairs of the kitchen (as Rapin does those of the church) to the same period. CHAPTER VI Though, in one sense, our family was certainly a simple machine, as it consisted of a few wheels; yet there was thus much to be said for it, that thesewheels were set in motion byso many different springs, and acted one upon the other from such a variety of strange principles and impulses—that, though it was a simple machine, it had all the honour and advantages of a complex one—and a number of as odd movements within it as ever were beheld in the inside of...
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  • ISBN-13: 9780217354226
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/12/2009
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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CHAPTER IV And lastly—for of all the choice anecdotes which history can produce of this matter, continued my father,—this, like the gilded dome which covers in the fabric, crowns all. "Tis of Cornelius Gallus, the praetor, which I dare say I have not, replied my uncle. . . . He died, said my father, . . . And if it was with his wife, said my uncle Toby—there could be no hurt in it. ... That's more than I know, replied my father. CHAPTER V My mother was going very gingerly in the dark, along the passage which led to the parlour, as my uncle Toby pronounced the word wife.—'Tis a shrill penetrating sound of itself, and Obadiah had helped it, by leaving the door a little ajar, so that my mother heard enough of it to imagine herself the subject of conversation ; so laying the edge of her finger across her two lips, holding in her breath, and bending her head a little downwards, with a twist of her neck—(not towards the door, but from it, by which means her ear was brought to the chink) —she listened with all her powers:—the listening slave, with the goddess of Silence at his back, could not have given a finer thought for an intaglio. In this attitude I am determined to let her stand for five minutes, till I bring up the affairs of the kitchen (as Rapin does those of the church) to the same period. CHAPTER VI Though, in one sense, our family was certainly a simple machine, as it consisted of a few wheels; yet there was thus much to be said for it, that these wheels were set in motion byso many different springs, and acted one upon the other from such a variety of strange principles and impulses—that, though it was a simple machine, it had allthe honour and advantages of a complex one—and a number of as odd movements within it as ever were beheld in the inside of...
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2003

    Headed for a deserted island? Bring this book.

    Sterne's book is the most hilarious ride one can hope for in the world of English literature. It breaks every rule and convention of the English novel; it can be called the first postmodern novel, and was written before even modernism had taken shape. Neitzsche called Sterne 'the most liberated spirit of all time', and this book is the reason why. Enough said. Buy it, read it, and laugh until you cry.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    A superb edition without apparatus

    The Everyman Library edition of Tristram Shandy is a pleasant, clean text in a satisfying hard cover at an affordable price. Those who already know their middle 18th century Britain will be able to navigate the text from this edition alone, but anyone who has not read Tristram Shandy before may prefer a thoroughly emendated edition, like the Norton. The Florida Edition, edited by Melvin New, is the choice for those seeking an authoritative critical text. For me, I wanted a copy of Tristram Shandy for re-reading, for leisure, and for comfort, and the Everyman delivered all of those things beautifully.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2004

    Wish it was my LIFE and OPINIONS***

    Sterne is the patriarch of modernism. His text is rich with short cuts, detours, and dead ends. It threatens to stall or stay in perpetual motion. In short, it is nothing but a joy to read. The reader constantly plays a game within Sterne¿s own textual game. Each return back to the novel sparks a new advent of the eye. Certain phrases of Sterne¿s read like poetry, others suggest the potency of a painting like the Mona Lisa, deep, uncertain, and ever staring back into the nothingness deeps of the viewer¿s pupil. I appreciate texts like James Joyce¿s Ulysses all the more having read Tristram Shandy, the text that launched a thousand typos (well, actually, it took another one hundred and sixty three years for Joyce to get his ¿modernist¿ act together). Tristram Shandy is a truly a celebration in literary masochism. The struggle to conquer each page¿s uncertainty only results in failure. Yet, the failure to pin down the infinite is sweet, bittersweet. Our struggle with the indeterminate that paints each page is beautiful. Sterne¿s games provoke the eye and mind to remain ever questioning; for indeed, only the uncertain defines the extent of one¿s genius. In his refusal to accept the conventional, Sterne is the ultimate optometrist. He corrected my 20/20 vision; I now see blurry, indeed I would not want to see any other way.

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