this three volume original printing of the florida edition of "Tristram Shandy" is considered the definitive text. if the price doesn't appeal and your interest in the book is casual, you can find the text as a penguin paperback.
this is one among the most revolutionary works of fiction ever written. it is still, today, an enormously innovative book. as a story it is mere "cock and bull" -- it says so in the last sentence -- but as writing it is over the top anarchic. if there exists any rule of fiction, or of rhetoric, or of writing, or of reader expectations, or chronology or description, then sterne goes out of his way to violate, disappoint, parody, misuse or flout it. i had to read over a quarter of the book before i realized that the writer was much more intelligent than i was giving him credit for. initially there is the confusing distance of language and historical references and patron dedications and such that makes you wonder, "is that supposed to be funny?", but i stopped sneezing at the book when i realized the author was continually throwing pepper in my face, and laughing while doing so.
there is a precedent for TS in the gargantuan humor of rabelais, and in the rabelaisian method of distorting narrative consistency and scale; toby's military models might easily be the work of a giant. and there's a transparent tribute to cervantes in the character of dr. slop, riding around on a small horse like sancho panza on his mule.
but a huge amount of the content of the book is in the orthography of font faces and dashes and rows of asterisks, blank pages or marbled pages or entirely black pages, squiggly lines and chapters one sentence long. the work was originally published as eight volumes with separate chapter numbering in each; it has typically been republished with modernized spelling and punctuation, loosely reproduced orthography, with chapters numbered continuously. all this brings into focus that a lot of sterne's innovations are technical, and he was a scrupulous proofreader of every first edition.
the florida edition restores all of that, or claims to, and my only complaint about the volume 3 of notes is that it came in a different binding, a uniform coarse blue cloth rather than leather spine and decorative hard cover. i've accepted it as a happenstance example of life's whimsical anarchy, mr. sterne would understand.
- Hardcover: 392 pagina's
- Uitgever: Iboo Press House; From the Guardian's the 100 Greatest Novels of All Time List ed. editie (3 februari 2020)
- Taal: Engels
- ISBN-10: 1641814063
- ISBN-13: 978-1641814065
- Productafmetingen: 15,2 x 2,5 x 22,9 cm
- Brutogewicht (incl. verpakking): 730 g
- Klantenrecensies: 8 klantbeoordelingen
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