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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

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Tristram Shandy is one of English literature's most curious, complex and comic novels. Here, cleverly recreated in the distinctive, anarchic style of cartoonist and illustrator Martin Rowson, Tristram travels with his faithful companion Pete through the torturous paths of the infinitely digressive world of Laurence Sterne's eccentric masterpiece. Rowson provides a wickedly ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Overlook Books (first published 1996)
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George Marshall
Martin Rowson's graphic novel version of Tristram Shandy is not just an excellent adaptation of the book, it is a landmark comic masterpiece in its own right. He includes large swathes of Sterne's original but, inspired by the diversionary style of the original, he keeps breaking off for an ironic and often sarcastic parallel commentary that savagely lampoons the the pretensions of academic theorists...I am sure that Sterne would have approved.

This is all thoroughly entertaining, but it is the a
okay not many would probably agree...but this one is funnny..its experimental with form,style and what not...and its exceptional for recognizing someone as 'common' as the lovable uncle toby and turning him into the unconventional hero..and remarkably sterne doesnt do it with pages of didactic merits of revamping the concept of a 'hero'(which ofcourse needs to be reexamined),instead he does it with humour..great stuff also considering the age in which sterne was writing..
Miguel Alcázar
[…] Rowson no se limita a recoger con acierto la mayoría de las sorpresas literarias que el Tristram Shandy alberga en su interior. Por el contrario, el dibujante y escritor inglés realiza un acto de reimaginación de la historia shandiana y la colma de multitud de elementos novedosos, los cuales van desde la transformación de los narradores extradiegéticos en narradores intradiegéticos (los personajes de Tristram Shandy o Martin Rowson campando a sus anchas por las páginas de un cómic en el que ...more
Unique, different adaptation of the classic farce. I usually like the things that are unexpected, but this served to be a bit too difficult to follow and, at the risk of sounding namby-pamby, too grotesque. Maybe it was just my mood.
Fiona T
Excellent rendering of the original, and the illustrations are fantastic. Obviously created by a Sterne admirer.
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Baptised as Martin George Edmund Rowson. Who's Who lists his interests as "cooking, drinking, ranting, atheism, zoos, collecting taxidermy".
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