In this outrageously farcical adventure, hero George Giles sets out to conquer the terrible Wescac computer system that threatens to destroy his community in this brilliant "fantasy of theology, sociology, and sex" (Time).
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Series:||Anchor Literary Library Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.55(w) x 8.49(h) x 1.52(d)|
About the Author
John Barth was born on May 27, 1930, in Cambridge, Maryland. As a student at Johns Hopkins University he was fascinated by Oriental tale-cycles and medieval collections, a body of literature that would later influence his own writing. He received his BA from Johns Hopkins in 1951 and his MA in 1952. He has held professorships at Pennsylvania State University, the State University of New York at Buffalo, and Boston University, and taught in the English and creative writing programs at Johns Hopkins. Barth’s first novel, The Floating Opera (1956), was nominated for the National Book Award. The End of the Road (1958) was also critically praised. In 1960, The Sot-Weed Factor—a comic historical novel—established Barth’s reputation. Giles Goat-Boy (1966) was a huge critical and commercial success, after which he revised and republished his first three novels. Lost in the Funhouse, a book of interconnected stories, earned him a second nomination for the National Book Award. His other works are Chimera (1972), a collection of three novellas, which won the National Book Award; Letters (1979), an epistolary novel; Sabbatical: A Romance (1982); and The Friday Book (1984), a collection of essays.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I hope Anonymous who posted on 10/16/2001 moved on to The Sot-Weed Factor by Barth as did I. Whatever would he think of poor Ebenezer after reading of the heroic exploits of Billy? I started on JB's early short novels, matriculated to Giles and on to The Sot-Weed Factor. Unfortunately JB lost me with Chimera, but SWF remains one of my all time favorites along with Helprin's Winter's Tale and Memoir from Antproof Case. Oh, by the way, Giles Goat Boy is very high on that list also.
This was the first book I ever read by Barth and I totally loved it. Billy, aka george, aka GILES?, is so fun to follow through this epic story of an unlikely Christ character. The 'world as a university' setting also allows for some deeper meanings to the absurdity of some of the story's plot twists. I really loved this book and think I will read it again soon. The way it almost pokes fun at our myth system while becoming a part of it is great.