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A Political Romance   By: (1713-1768)

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A Political Romance by Laurence Sterne is a masterful tale of love, politics, and intrigue that transcends traditional literary genres. Set in a politically charged backdrop, the story follows the lives of two individuals, whose paths intersect against all odds.

Sterne's writing style is exquisite, peppered with sharp wit and biting satire. The narrative unfolds through a series of letters and dialogues, providing a unique perspective on the characters' thoughts and motivations. As the reader delves deeper into the story, Sterne expertly explores the complexities of political maneuvering and the impact it has on personal relationships.

The characters themselves are richly developed and highly relatable. The protagonist, whose unwavering dedication to his political ideals is juxtaposed with his tumultuous love life, elicits both sympathy and admiration. His counterpart, an intelligent and independent woman trapped in the constraints of societal expectations, represents the struggles faced by women of the era.

What truly sets A Political Romance apart is Sterne's ability to seamlessly blend political commentary with a heartfelt love story. The romance element of the novel is tender and heartfelt, showcasing the emotional journey of the characters as they navigate the treacherous waters of love and politics. Sterne skillfully demonstrates that these seemingly disparate worlds can coexist, and that love can thrive even in the most adverse circumstances.

The plot, though at times intricate, is excellently paced, filled with unexpected twists and turns that keep the reader engrossed. Sterne's insightful social commentary shines through, shedding light on the moral dilemmas faced by individuals who find themselves torn between personal desires and political aspirations.

In conclusion, A Political Romance by Laurence Sterne is a literary gem that defies categorization. It is a captivating blend of politics and romance, offering a poignant exploration of human nature and the choices we make in the pursuit of love and power. Sterne's prose is both poetic and thought-provoking, leaving a lasting impact on the reader's mind. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking a profound and engaging tale that transcends the boundaries of traditional storytelling.

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A Political Romance, Addressed To , Esq; of York. To which is subjoined a KEY.

Ridiculum acri Fortius et melius magnas plerumque secat Res

YORK: Printed in the Year MDCCLIX. [Price ONE SHILLING.]



In my last, for want of something better to write about, I told you what a World of Fending and Proving we have had of late, in this little Village of ours, about an old cast Pair of black Plush Breeches, which John, our Parish Clerk, about ten Years ago, it seems, had made a Promise of to one Trim, who is our Sexton and Dog Whipper. To this you write me Word, that you have had more than either one or two Occasions to know a good deal of the shifty Behaviour of this said Master Trim, and that you are astonished, nor can you for your Soul conceive, how so worthless a Fellow, and so worthless a Thing into the Bargain, could become the Occasion of such a Racket as I have represented.

Now, though you do not say expressly, you could wish to hear any more about it, yet I see plain enough that I have raised your Curiosity; and therefore, from the same Motive, that I slightly mentioned it at all in my last Letter, I will, in this, give you a full and very circumstantial Account of the whole Affair.

But, before I begin, I must first set you right... Continue reading book >>

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