I enjoyed it as well. I wouldn't quite put Hoffman on the same level as Cervantes, Sterne and Diderot, but his writing does have some the same playful qualities we now call post-modern. As satire often does, Tomcat's humor loses much of its bite with the passage of time, as it depends on knowledge of contemporary culture, popular songs, etc.
I know what you mean about it seeming to take place in the middle ages. To some degree that is probably a reflection of the antiquated customs of the little German principalities. It may also have been intentional on the author's part to emphasize how archaic the aristocracy and the German university was.
Did you find it odd that Master Abraham appears in both story lines, yet nothing ties the two of them together in place or time?
Another oddity is the question of who is the author of the Kreisler "biography?" I don't recall the specifics, but there were events that said it wasn't likely to have been Master Abraham or anyone else who took part in the story. The author was too omniscient for it to be anything but fiction.
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