Was The Copy I Downloaded of “The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman” Complete Or Not?

I am so confused right now. I downloaded a pdf copy of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman to work on for that book blog I run with Kimberly Moore, Eleven and a Half Years of Books. However, I suddenly became unsure as to whether or not it was complete.

I saw mentions that The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman had nine volumes. However, the copy I had downloaded from project Gutenberg only had four volumes. It made no mention of being incomplete. However, it had to be, right?

(By the way, I hate ebooks. However, I have a Kindle to use for the free ebooks I get sent and I’ve started trying to save SOME space and money by getting ebook versions of the books for Eleven and a Half Years of Books that are public domain.)

It’s so confusing. I went out and found a different pdf that had all nine volumes. Then I compared my place. The old one listed me on a certain chapter of volume four. The new one listed me on a different chapter of volume 2 (volume 1 not even having as many chapters as the old one told me I was on). However, the text was identical.

To complicate matters, the old one told me I was 20% finished whereas the new one said I was 15% finished. No amount of math makes this add up.

What was going on? Was the old one somehow complete but had somehow mushed nine volumes down into 4? I couldn’t be sure. I just went with the one that definitely had nine volumes. I just switched over and I’ll keep reading from there. The new one isn’t formatted as nicely as the old one, but I want to be sure to read the complete text.

I’m just so confused right now. Believe me, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman is confusing enough so far. I didn’t need any further confusion.

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About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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