Sunday, April 15, 2012

39. A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy

A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy
Laurence Sterne
Around 200 pages

Look at how impressive I am, doing two posts in two days.  I read this entire book today; it is a very fast read.  I actually had the most pleasant Sunday imaginable despite having to read Laurence Sterne.

So the benefit of this book as opposed to Tristram Shandy is that it is only around two hundred pages.  Besides that, this novel is pretty much Tristram Shandy Part II; even some of the characters were from his previous book.  This novel follows Yorick as through France and Italy.  Along the way, he meets truly forgettable characters that will not move you a bit!

Laurence Sterne died before he was fully finished with this book, so it looks like we will not see anymore of him.  Which is a tragic piece of news.  If I didn't think that, I would be a horrible person, right?

RATING: *----

Interesting Facts:

Sterne met Smollett in his travels and hated him.  To me, they seem like birds of a feather.

Helped establish travel writing as a genre.

Don't believe me about how boring this book is?  Check out a bit of the audio of the novel:

1 comment:

  1. I think I liked it a little better than you did, but that may simply be because it was an improvement over Tristram Shandy. At least he is sticking to a story here.