Great Fun - even if you feel the need to skip bits or skim over other parts however much you read is so enjoyable. It's a bit like finding yourself in the 1700s and being talked to non-stop by someone who is rather eccentric, rather amusing, and definitely a bit rude - and still being interested to find out what happens next! Great fun.
This is not one of my usual rambling reviews. Let's just say I loved it. As with Joyce's Ulysses, which I reviewed recently, this is a much funnier and more accessible book than its 'difficult' reputation would have you believe. The most remarkable elements are not the famous blank or black pages, wiggly lines etc. Above, all this is a book with brilliant, sympathetic and funny characters. In honour of Toby Shandy, if I see a fly in the house I now always try to usher it out of the window rather than trying to swat it: “Go, poor devil, get thee gone. Why should I hurt thee! This world is surely wide enough to hold both thee and me”.
Melvin Bragg's radio piece on him made me revisit a novel I struggled with long ago. What an extraordinary and singular work it it. It is the most modern novel I have read. LS rips upyour ideas of conventional narrative and makes digression the driving force of his plot. If you put your prejudices aside and take a deep breath, this is a novel with vast confusing, wonderful scope.
one of the great books and to be honest, a real struggle. nobody quite knew what a novel would be back then and it surely shows! Worth the effort and you gain serious reader kudos if you can complete it.