The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
'Who has not Tristram Shandy read? Is any mortal so ill bred?' So wrote the young James Boswell in the spring of 1760, when Sterne's comic novel was received with extravagant popular acclaim and some bewilderment. Indeed, how can one describe a novel whose hero-narrator fails in the first two volumes even to get himself born? A narrator who, in a series of digressions he calls the 'sunshine' of reading, interests us instead in such characters as his uncle Toby, a devotee of war-games in the garden, or Parson Yorick, a self-portrait of the author? The text of this Oxford World's Classics edition is based on the first editions of all nine volumes. No unnecessary modernization has obscured Sterne's idiosyncratic presentation of the novel.
Paperback | 624 pages
130 x 197 x 28mm | 428g
22 Oct 1998
Oxford University Press
Oxford, United Kingdom
A secondhand book that has been read but is in good condition. Minimal damage to the cover, including very minimal scuff marks, and a crease that runs across the front cover which can also be seen on the inside of the front cover, but no holes or tears. All pages are undamaged, with very minimal creasing but no tearing. No pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages.