Sunday, October 9, 2011

Required Blog Post: Christina Cho

“a vicious taste which has crept into thousands besides herself,- of reading straight forwards, more in quest of the adventures, than of the deep erudition and knowledge which a book of this cast, if read over as it should be, would infallibly impart with them. -The mind should be accustomed to make wise reflections, and draw curious conclusions as it goes along...” (I.xx.52).

Going through the assigned pages of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman was in a way very dissatisfying, initially. There seems to be many gaps and being frustrated, I fall into the category of individuals with the "vicious taste." But once I made a conscious decision to not look for a plot, there were many snippets of intrigue. The family secrets.... the untold misfortunes... Uncle Toby knowing but not so much Mrs. Shandy... is there any meaning behind the winding clock? What meanings or "curious conclusions" can we draw from our vacillations? I wonder if the winding clock alludes to Time and Memory... and as Tristram vacillates from Reality to the Past, what are we getting?

By the bye, does anybody have an idea what this family secret might be?

1 comment:

  1. This book as a whole has been very frustrating for me. I have been confused for most of the time we have spent reading it. I did not know that the winding of the clock supposedly ruined Tristram's conception until Prof. Wilcox explained it in class; I certainly did not understand the theory of the homunculus. I was surprised that I actually understood the story of his circumcision. That being said, I have no idea what the family secret is. I was under the impression that it was that Tristram was not his father's biological son because his father detested his "Christian name." I wondered why a man would name his son a name that he despised.