Non "Vita e avventure", come per Robinson Crusoe, ma "Vita e opinioni": fin dal titolo il romanzo di Sterne sorprende e si rivela innovativo, tanto da segnare l'avvio della letteratura moderna. Mimetizzato dietro il protagonista e narratore, che racconta una vicenda fitta di personaggi e di situazioni bizzarre, Sterne rivolge la sua penna acuminata contro le convenzioni morali e letterarie dell'epoca, contro l'ipocrisia degli ecclesiastici, la vanità dei potenti e il servilismo dei letterati. Ne risulta un'opera umoristica e malinconica, enigmatica, anarchica e irriverente, originale fin nell'ortografia; un romanzo zigzagante, ricco di divagazioni, di storie parallele, di "opinioni" - appunto -, in cui il protagonista, attraverso l'esercizio del dubbio, giunge alla conoscenza dell'umana finitezza, e ne esce più forte e libero, invitando il lettore a fare con lui lo stesso percorso.
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(Book 963 from 1001 books) - The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman = Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne Tristram Shandy is a novel by Laurence Sterne. It was published in nine volumes, the first two appearing in 1759, and seven others following over the next seven years (vols. 3 and 4, 17 Leggi tutto
So many great discoveries were made absolutely unintentionally… Christopher Columbus was sailing to India and unexpectedly discovered America without any slightest suspicions. Laurence Sterne was writing some obscure petty biography and unawares discovered postmodernism. But the most weird and paradoxi Leggi tutto
I would like to dedicate the following old review to a much missed GR friend, Bird Brian, who appears as a character in my review. He provided us with many hours of free entertainment with his great rants against every possible aspect of capitalism and the American government. But 50% of him left wh Leggi tutto
“Shall we for ever make new books, as apothecaries make new mixtures, by pouring only out of one vessel into another?” ― Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman A POEM IN WHICH IS A CELEBRATION BY NEGATIONor, a repartee on jeopardy.If on a friend’s bookshelfYou cannot fin Leggi tutto
Dedication This was a re-read of a novel that I first read when I was about 14 and that has stayed fresh in my mind ever since. It was recommended to me by my cricket coach and favourite teacher, John Carr, who taught me English for five years and cemented my passion for Literature in the early 70’s. Leggi tutto
WARNING: This review may be inappropriate for some readers. Ah...18th century novels: you are going to find some archaic language, some sayings and references you've never heard before. Here at least we have endnotes to help with that; thanks to them and the author's wit, it is entirely possible to g Leggi tutto
'It is not things themselves, but opinions concerning things, which disturb men'. (From the title page of Tristram Shandy written in ancient Greek and translated by the author in his Notes. The motto is by Epictetus.)
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