Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne

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As its title suggests, the book is ostensibly Tristram's narration of his life story. But it is one of the central jokes of the novel that he cannot explain anything simply, that he must make explanatory diversions to add context and colour to his tale, to the extent that we do not even reach Tristram's own birth until Volume III.

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The 53rd greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 7th on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List (The Observer)
  2. - 8th on The Ideal Library (Book)
  3. - 11th on El Pais Favorite Books of 100 Spanish Authors (El Pais)
  4. - 20th on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  5. - 29th on The Top 10: The Greatest Books of All Time (The Top 10 (Book))
  6. - 30th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  7. - 44th on 100 Best Books (Montana State University)
  8. - 47th on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
  9. - 55th on The 100 Greatest Novels (
  10. - 85th on 100 Essential Books (Bravo! Magazine)
  11. - 89th on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  12. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)
  13. - The New Lifetime Reading Plan (The New Lifetime Reading Plan)
  14. - Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)
  15. - 100 Best Novels Written in English (The Guardian)
  16. - ZEIT-Bibliothek der 100 Bücher (Die Zeit)

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