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A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy

A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy by Laurence Sterne
By: (1713-1768)

Laurence Sterne's A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy is a charming and whimsical tale that follows the journey of the narrator as he travels through various cities in France and Italy. The book is filled with vivid descriptions of the landscapes, people, and experiences encountered along the way, painting a beautiful picture of the European countryside.

Sterne's writing is witty and insightful, capturing the essence of each location and the quirks of the characters he meets with keen observation and humor. The narrator's sentimental and often melancholic musings add depth to the narrative, making it more than just a simple travelogue.

Overall, A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy is a delightful and engaging read that offers a unique perspective on travel and human connection. Sterne's blend of humor, sentimentality, and keen observation makes this book a timeless classic that is sure to captivate readers for generations to come.

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After the bizarre textual antics of “Tristram Shandy”, this book would seem to require a literary health warning. Sure enough, it opens in mid-conversation upon a subject never explained; meanders after a fashion through a hundred pages, then fizzles out in mid-sentence – so, a plotless novel lacking a beginning, a middle or an end. Let us say: an exercise in the infinitely comic.

“There is not a secret so aiding to the progress of sociality, as to get master of this short hand, and to be quick in rendering the several turns of looks and limbs with all their inflections and delineations, into plain words.”

Sterne calls his fine sensitivity to body language (as we now term it) “translation”. Much of the pleasure to be had from this wonderfully engaging book comes from his unmatched ability to extract random details from the chaos of experience to create comic turns imbued with Feeling. His Parson Yorick is the Sentimental Traveller: certainly a Man of Feeling, but one in whom “Nature has so wove her web of kindness, that some threads of love and desire are entangled with the piece…”

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