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Tristram Shandy; and A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne
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it was ok

What a slog! Generally, I enjoy classic lit, even books that are considered difficult reads. But, humor is a fickle creature, and Tristram Shandy failed to amuse me. It seemed like a one-joke pony: the joke being that the narrator can't hold a narrative thread for more than three sentences in a row. And each new section was that same gag again.

Some of the individual rants and digressions were amusing, so I wondered if I might have liked it better if I'd read it more slowly, leaving a week or a month (or a year) between each section. It was like having a tedious houseguest who talks constantly and says nothing, but once in while has a brilliant moment that makes you laugh. The laughs weren't good enough to make up for the tedious slog, though.

I survived, but that's not generally how I like to feel at the end of a book.

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Reading Progress

August 12, 2019 – Started Reading
August 12, 2019 – Shelved
September 5, 2019 – Finished Reading

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