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Tristram Shandy is an ironic masterpiece, a work of extraordinary originality, wit and learning. It is a work of considerable philosophical complexity but at the same time it is just a piece of flim-flam: it has been called the longest shaggy dog story in English literature. It is both a classic novel and an anti-novel. It includes passages of seemingly serious theology – but it can also be read as an elaborate bawdy joke.
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Tristram Shandy is an ironic masterpiece, a work of extraordinary originality, wit and learning. It is a work of considerable philosophical complexity but at the same time it is just a piece of flim-flam: it has been called the longest shaggy dog story in English literature. It is both a classic novel and an anti-novel. It includes passages of seemingly serious theology – but it can also be read as an elaborate bawdy joke.
Product Details
Hardcover (752 pages)
Published: October 15, 1991
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint: Everyman's Library
ISBN: 9780679405603
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