A Sentimental Journey Journal to Eliza Author:Laurence Sterne Ostensibly A Sentimental Journey is the story of a holiday abroad, a leisurely eighteenth-century continental tour. In reality, it represents a different sort of tour, a different kind of holiday-an exploration of the resources of narrative art, a free flight of sensibility. Sterne's encounters with Anglophile French bureaucracy, with high-born ... more »lady and seductive chambermaid, his adventures in city and town, in inn and palace, shape a work of wit, delicate eroticism, and boundless love of life.
Together with the Journal to Eliza, a series of epistles written from the Continent to a married woman with whom Sterne was in love, A Sentimental Journey stands as a reflection of a most remarkable personality, and as a brilliant product of perhaps one of the most delightful prose styles in the English language. Monroe Engel terms it "a comic novel that is still read with immediate pleasure and that novelists still look to with a kind of envious admiration...a complete and highly ordered work of extraordinary art."« less