Book review: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, by Laurence Sterne, 1759-1767

If you type ‘Tristram Shandy’ into the search field on WordPress’s “Reader” pages, you will be presented with a large number of results. Look more closely, and it turns out that for every review of Sterne’s ridiculous, extravagant, often nonsensical novel, there is another post lamenting its unreadability. I sympathise. ‘Tristram Shandy’ was published overContinue reading “Book review: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, by Laurence Sterne, 1759-1767”

Book review: Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding, 1749

The novel was still very much in its infancy as a form when Henry Fielding wrote ‘Tom Jones‘. In this long and elaborate narrative, you can see Fielding working out some of the conventions and traditions that were still to be established. Fielding is a dominant and forceful presence throughout the novel, in contrast toContinue reading “Book review: Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding, 1749”

Supplementary: Last words on ‘Clarissa’, by Samuel Richardson, 1748

  A final post about ‘Clarissa’, I promise. Please be aware of multiple spoilers in the unlikely event you were planning to read this novel. I left Clarissa at the end of volume 4 of 9 in the hands of the sinister Robert Lovelace. In his citation of this novel in the ‘100 best novelsContinue reading “Supplementary: Last words on ‘Clarissa’, by Samuel Richardson, 1748”