Published just months before his death in 1768, A Sentimental Journey is Sterne's lightly fictionalised account of his own European travels. And being Sterne, it is more about digressions, misunderstandings, and risqué jokes than the places he visits. Narrated by the (apparently) innocent Parson Yorick, who appeared in Sterne's other masterpiece, Tristram Shandy, it is full of anecdote and incident, and is far more about the people than the landscapes on the road from Calais. Despite the title, any sentimentality is offset by the elegance of the writing, the engaging companionship of Yorick himself, and the constant, playful surprises.
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Laurence Sterne is perhaps best remembered for his daunting tome Tristam Shandy, however in the years leading up to his death he traveled extensively through France and Italy producing the well-loved novel A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy. Award-winning actor Anton Lesser lends his voice to the production of this classic fictionalized account of Sterne’s travels, and with his enthusiastic nearly falsetto delivery audiences will feel all the playfulness and adventure of the original text at full strength. Listeners are sure to enjoy this production of one of the early great travel books.
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