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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; Dover Ed edition (28 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486434737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486434735
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.1 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 883,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurence Sterne (1713 - 1768), an Irish - born English novelist, satirist, and Anglican clergyman, was born in Clonmel, Tipperary, Ireland. He was educated atJesus College Cambridge and becamea priest in 1738. He is known for his masterpiece The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman,one of the greatest comic novels written in English. His other novel,A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy (1768), was almost equally famous. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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For lovers of irreverent humour - read and devour this gem. The final joke may take some translating, but by god its worth it.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on 5 Nov. 2004
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Even for modern readers, "A Sentimental Journey" (published 1768)is as startlingly innovative as Sterne's celebrated "Tristram Shandy". Sterne's ability to crystallize the minute details of experience - which may be down to a few seconds only - is reminiscent of Virginia Woolf's "To the Lighthouse". Indeed, Woolf admired this book.
This is by no means an easy read. The 18th-century prose is difficult; the book is larded with Frenchisms and Biblical or classical allusions; the complex, slow narrative often requires re-reading. But the rewards are great! It's wise, deeply comical, and incredibly perceptive.
There are several helpful reviews below dealing with the aspect of "sentimentality", and so I will just single out two things which appealed to me:
1. STERNE AND BODY LANGUAGE. Sterne shows an almost 20th-century appreciation of body language. In fact, I believe he may have almost discovered it. His chapter, "The Translation", highlights the importance of being able to interpret subtle physical hints, like a language: "There is not a secret so aiding to the progress of sociality, as to get master of this _shorthand_, and be quick in rendering the several turns of looks and limbs, with all their inflections and delineations, into plain words." How visionary!
2. STERNE AND THE FRENCH. Ever since Shakespeare inserted a scene in "cod French" into "Henry V", actually ever since the Norman Conquest and up to Monty Python and beyond, the English have revelled in mocking the French and their language. His Continental travelling gives Sterne the perfect excuse to do this. At one point he differentiates between "tant pis" (= "never mind" - where there is nothing to be gained) and "tant mieux" (= so much the better - where there IS an advantage).
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Mar. 2002
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Yes, thats right, this is a very short book and for me thats a great part of its appeal. It meant I could get a flavour of Sterne's work very quickly for that essay I had to write!
Seriously though, this book is well worth reading for a number of other reasons. It's seemingly quirky set of brief "episodes" recounting the experiences of a traveller in Europe are on one level deep and telling signs of Sterne's fascination with the trivial (which in one sense all our lives are.) On another, it's just a very enlightening insight into the times it is a product.
One important point: don't be mislead/put off by the title. It's not really all weepy, over-inflated and sentimental twaddle; instead it is a novel that reads more like a pre-echo of Joyce and other modernists.
For the price, its length and the chance to read something a bit off the beaten track of literature you could do much worse then this little gem.
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By Oris Root on 3 Sept. 2014
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Good book.
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