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A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy (1768)

by Laurence Sterne

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When Yorick, the roving narrator of Sterne's innovative final novel, sets off for France on a whim, he produces no ordinary travelogue. Jolting along in his coach from Calais, through Paris, and on towards the Italian border, the amiable parson is blithely unconcerned by famous views or monuments, but he engages us with tales of his encounters with all manner of people, from counts and noblewomen to beggars and chambermaids. And as drama piles upon drama, anecdote, flirtation and digression, Yorick's destination takes second place to an exhilarating voyage of emotional and erotic exploration. Interweaving sharp wit with warm humour, irony with sentiment, A Sentimental Journey paints a captivating picture of an Englishman's adventures abroad.… (more)
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This 250 year old novel was a fictional satire on a more serious non-fictional account of a journey through France and Italy by Sterne's contemporary Tobias Smollett. The satire is in the fact that the traveller here (Yorick, a minor character in Sterne's most famous novel The Life and Adventures of Tristram Shandy) is entirely uninterested in seeing the famous sights, more in meeting and bickering with a motley collection of monks, innkeepers and aristocrats and flirting with various women he meets. Sterne died in 1768 before completing this book, so Yorick never actually makes it to Italy, and the novel finishes with him awkwardly discussing sleeping arrangements with a lady and her maid when there are only two proper beds available. Quite funny, with a few slightly rambling diversions. ( )
  john257hopper | Aug 2, 2020 |
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  Glacierman | Mar 10, 2019 |
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  ajapt | Dec 30, 2018 |
Interesting fact (while I wait to write my review proper): Laurence Sterne met author Tobias Smollett (of 'The Expedition of Humphry Clinker' fame) in 1764. Sterne was struck by how critical Smollett was of the places he visited; so when Stern came to write A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy, the moaning and griping character of Smelfungus was modelled after Smollett; much in the same way John Cleese's modelled Basil Fawlty after a hotel manager who made the Python's lives miserable during filming some years earlier.
It is for this reason that I may one day put pen to paper myself. ;)

Ref: http://www.dictionary.com/e/s/12-insults-we-should-bring-back/#smellfungus
  Sylak | May 28, 2018 |
A Sentimental Journey is the story of a man traveling from England to France and back and his adventures, or should I say, his encounters during the trip. We don't get a lot of "travel" descriptions, but rather descriptions of the carriages he takes, how he hires them, his servant, and the ladies he meets and endeavors to get to know better on the journey. It is 'sentimental' in the sense of a journal of his sentiments towards the women, the servants, the places he goes. Fairly short. ( )
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Sterne, LaurenceAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alvarez, A.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bastin, J.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Bode, J.J.Chr.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bulgheroni, M.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cross, Wilbur L.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Digeon, AurélienTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hopkins, EverardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Lesser, AntonReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nicholls, G. P.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Petrie, GrahamEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When Yorick, the roving narrator of Sterne's innovative final novel, sets off for France on a whim, he produces no ordinary travelogue. Jolting along in his coach from Calais, through Paris, and on towards the Italian border, the amiable parson is blithely unconcerned by famous views or monuments, but he engages us with tales of his encounters with all manner of people, from counts and noblewomen to beggars and chambermaids. And as drama piles upon drama, anecdote, flirtation and digression, Yorick's destination takes second place to an exhilarating voyage of emotional and erotic exploration. Interweaving sharp wit with warm humour, irony with sentiment, A Sentimental Journey paints a captivating picture of an Englishman's adventures abroad.

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