Book Review – A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne

This is the story of Yorick, a sentimental traveller, who on a whim decides to journey from England first to France and then head towards Turin in Italy. His journey takes him via Calais, Amiens, Rennes, and Versailles to Paris.

Yorick doesn’t describe his impressions of the places he visits, the monuments, the architecture or much of the countryside. He regales the reader with stories of the people he meets along the way.

The book tells us more about the effect the journey is having on the central character than about the places the central character is visiting. There’s two journeys taking place and it’s difficult to know which is the more fascinating.

If you’re expecting a travelogue then Yorick makes it clear early on that you’re not going to get that kind of book.

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