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Sunday, November 24, 2013
We rarely dip so far into ancient history but today is the 300th birthday of Reverend Laurence Sterne, most recently of Shandy Hall. Rev. Sterne is best known 300 years later as the author of the book that cannot be filmed, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy.
If you are a reader, and have not yet read Tristram I urge you, READ it. It is an especially good winter read. Tristram written in 9 books, the first 2 published in 1759, is primarily Mr. Shandy's life story, interspersed with diversions, back stories, out takes, tall tales and lessons. The diagrams below from Book 6 are Tristram's observations on his diversions. It took Sterne 3 books and 2 years before Tristram was born.
It's funny, bawdy, clever and informative at the same time. You may find it a bit too much to swallow in one bite. If so, take a bite here and there as it suits. You will be well rewarded for your patience.