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A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne
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Aug 15, 2011

really liked it

“The heart is for saving what it can.”

I finished Tristram Shandy a couple months ago and was missing it. Vacationing at the beach this past week (surrounded not only by my own children but in-laws and three very enthusiastic miniature nieces), I dedicated an hour each morning to A Sentimental Journey, and consider it the best part of my holiday. It might be an epilogue or dessert sequel for Tristram Shandy, narrated, as it is, by the Shandy family's parish priest, the Rev. Yorick. Necessarily of lesser scope than Sterne’s great work, this is nonetheless a piece of joy – a prayer, perhaps, to pleasure and the grateful enjoyment of the path of least resistance.

With a couple illicit seductions and bits of bawdy humor thrown in for good measure.
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