TIME Best 100 Novels
"Here [is] a masterly act of authorial ventriloquism, a vivid recreation of the cadences and vocabulary, the mind-set and mores (or lack thereof) of English colonists in America’s mid-Atlantic region in the late 1600’s . . . Ebenezer describes himself as 'a morsel for the wide world’s lions.' What a gorgeous set-up for a satire."
"John Barth's The Sot-Weed Factor is a brilliantly specialized performance . . . A bare-knuckled satire of humanity at large."
The New York Times