Tristram Shandy A Cock & Bull Story


Santa left the above DVD starring Steve Coogan in my stocking. It is rated R so I have to wait until the little one goes to sleep, but I will try to watch it tonight or in the morning.

Have you seen it? If so, did you like it?

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3 thoughts on “Tristram Shandy A Cock & Bull Story

  1. Thinking about it, the book is a classic shaggy dog story, or novel disguised as a shaggy dog, see its hard to tell with any sense of real accuracy. With its many digressions we really can’t tell whether the conceit was successful or not.

    Every now and then, I get a phone-call from Australia. The man had found my number from the international directory, this was easy he says because I have an incredibly unusual surname, that he remembers from his schooldays in the heart of Britain. The caller is normally very drunk but he hasn’t yet said that his inebriation is anything to do with me. He is extremely well-read and recites Chaucer and Heidegger to me in the original languages. I don’t yet know if it was my grandfather who taught him taught him these tracts (I do not thinkk it was my grandfather who taught him his Heidegger, it was during the war so anything was possible, but I find it highlt doubtful that Heidegger would have been on the curriculum, extra-curricular perhaps, but certainly not during the light of daytime) but I do get a sense of the immense fondness this drunken sot with Alzheimer’s remembers the father of my father, who happened to teach at a school in roughly the same location; So I must therefore assume and conclude that this is a correct surmise, or if it is not it is a most uncanny coincidence.

    But my dear, much noted, remarked on, and lauded, great (if I might be allowed to call you) friendI forget to reply to your enquiry: Once only have I managed to get to the end of this extaordinary (one might say, sojourn from reason, if it were not so essentially real) tale. I heard an audio version of the story, I had no knowledge of Sterne, what prompted the Reverend to relate or concoct said tale, or how well recieved this was when it was first published. Hardly is it a tale worth knowing! Does Mr Sterne have no concern for anyone else when he embarks one of his yarns, when he knows there are not enough hours in one lifetime to perform and to hopefully complete our own duties, to which we should attend with pleasure and diligence, to the satisfaction of our masters without displeasing or causing distress to our betters and others to doubt their own competence for employing us in the first place ? ?

    Structurally this must’ve been amazingly new. He must have freaked out the tiny and very conservative group of people who could actually read.

    I have not seen this film, but Alan Partridge or Steve Coogan as he likes to be known in the real world is genius, I think.

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  2. LOL! That’s the spirit. I think the most patient in us channel Mr. Shandy. I did see the movie, and will write a little something about it after I watch my weekly Midsomer Murders today. HAH! Just to brace yourself. I did not like the movie, and Coogan grates my nerves.

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  3. Hmmm, actually you are right about Steve Coogan, he did some projects that I like but I can see would not travel. “Genius” is a stupid word to use for this sort of work: I don’t even like that word — It was a moment of weakness.

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