Doomed to become the ‘sport of fortune’ by an interruption at the crucial moment of conception, Tristram Shandy’s life lurches from one mishap to another: his nose crushed by the doctor’s forceps during birth, christened with the wrong name, an unfortunate incident involving a slamming sash window... Discover the anti-autobiography of the hilarious and impossibly long-winded Tristram Shandy.
Published in nine separate volumes from 1759 – 1767, Tristram Shandy is recognized today as one of the first modern novels in English literature. Since its publication over 250 years ago, Sterne’s classic has influenced numerous reproductions for both the stage and screen, including the 2006 ‘mokumentary’ Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Steve Coogan.
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Parson Yorick is an English traveler who doesn’t know much about plots and how to write proper novels. He knows many things however about human character. So he decides to write his impressions and adventures during his travels in France and Italy. No plot, just his encounters with many different men and women.
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