Tristram Shandy is an ironic masterpiece, a work of extraordinary originality, wit and learning. It is a work of considerable philosophical complexity but at the same time it is just a piece of flim-flam: it has been called the longest shaggy dog story in English Literature. It is both a classic novel and an anti-novel. It includes passages of seemingly-serious theology - but it can also be read as an elaborate bawdy joke.
Music: Berlioz, Franck, Massenet, Weber and others
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Update to my previous 3-star rating (posted anonymously by mistake): I'm about a quarter of the way through the book, and after a half-dozen obvious errors in the text, and more passages that look doubtful, I give up on this e-book. I'll look for a print edition. (Not the recent Modern Library edition though--their edition of Gibbon was worse than this e-book, though they've done good work on other books.) It's a shame, because I'm really enjoying the book. Sterne's approach is odd, but quite successful so far. Any given page looks interminable, but every few pages the cumulative effect is that I laugh out loud. And as far as its place in literary history goes, it's so seminal the stuff is oozing out all over. Other problems noted in previous review: Title doesn't show correctly on my Nook. Book is DRM'd, so this can't be easily fixed.
Innovative at those early times