The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. A Review.

I do a lot of yakking on this blog, mainly about my own theories on comedy and stuff, but I’ve not posted anything for a while so I thought I’d break my silence and do a review. And for a change I’ll review a book.

I mentioned the book ‘The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman' in a blog that wrote last month about the longevity of comedy.

Now looking back at it even that blog seems to have aged badly.

But anyway, the review; The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman was written back in 1759 but is probably better known to modern audiences as the source material of the Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon 2006 film ‘Cock and Bull story’.

I saw ‘Cock and Bull Story’ at the cinema when it came out and enjoyed it a lot. So much so that I went out and got a copy of book with the express intention of reading it straight away.

I didn’t.

I’m a busy man. Really busy, I mean, I don’t have a lot of free time. And all the free time I do have tend to fill with writing. I write so much that I have no time for reading. I don’t even read what I’m writing whilst writing it. Which might explain my grammar if nothing else.

I also do podcasts too. Most of my regular followers probably know that already. I made one recently, you can find links to it in my previous blogs if you’d like to find it.

Or I could just put a link to it here if you like?


No, you’re right, I should talk about something other than that podcast for a change. But you know where to find if you want to hear it. I wont mention it again.

So yes, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. It’s a very — Oh, I did read it by the way. I forgot to say that. I did read it. I didn’t just buy a copy after watching the movie and then never get round to it. It took me a few attempts but I did get through it. Unlike Ulysses. I am told Ulysses is brilliant. But I failed to see that in the first page. And I read that page three times. I had no idea what was what or who was who, but I forced my way through the first chapter of that book, idly saying the words aloud hoping they would form recognisable sentences in the air. They did not. A week later I brought the 1967 film on DVD. And the film was brilliant. I have no idea how it relates to the book though. I never finished it.

But yes, I read Tristram Shandy, finally, about a year after seeing the movie. I found it a difficult read, firstly because I am dyslexic. I am sure a lot of regular readers could probably guess I have dyslexia from my spelling. I try not to let it hold me back. It does make me blind to a lot of my own spelling errors. And I often suffer from missing word syndrome - that’s where my mind works faster than my typing fingers and I end missing important words.

I don’t like using dyslexia as an excuse not to do something though. I had one very good teacher at School tell me that “Dyslexic people will often come to the same answer, they just figure things out differently, but that can make them more creative.”
I guess you sometimes you get a better view when you take the long rout.

Anyway, what was I saying? Erm…

Give me a moment let me skim back over what I’ve written… .

Ah yes, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.

I will just say, in skimming back over what I’ve written, I have seen I have made a few typographical errors, but seeing I have mentioned dyslexia in this very post I am not going to go back and correct them. But please let it be known that I am not doing this to prove any “living with dyslexia” point - I am selfishly doing it to weed out the noncommittal and overtly casual readers - THERE IS NOTHING FOR THEM HERE.

I bet they didn’t even listen to my podcast.

Yes, I know I wasn’t going to mention it again, but that podcast has been up for almost a week and its got eighteen hits. Yeah, only eighteen. I know we haven’t made a podcast in almost a year, but we had more followers than that didn’t we? I remember one episode getting close to 500. Not very close to 500. But it was around the 500 mark. well it had two zeros in it. How close do you want it? It was about 500 I’m sure.

Sorry, I’ve lost my train of thought.

I haven’t eaten today.

Well, I did eat.

I just wish I hadn’t

Sorry, shall we start again?


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