Sot-Weed Factor

Sot-Weed Factor

by John Barth


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ISBN-13: 9781903809501
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Publication date: 03/04/2002

About the Author

John Barth is our most celebrated postmodernist. From the appearance in 1956 of The Floating Opera, his first published book, through the essay collection Final Fridays, released in 2012, he has published at least two books in each of the seven decades spanning his writerly life thus far. Thrice nominated for the National Book Award—The Floating Opera, Lost in the Funhouse, and Chimera, which won in 1973—Barth has received the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. A native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, he taught for twenty-two years in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. He now lives in Florida with his wife Shelly.

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The Sot-Weed Factor 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Barth loves the language. A breath of real storytelling.
dougwood57 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Another reviewer calls The Sot-Weed Factor Barth's spoof on historical novels, but Barth also attempts to mockingly simulate the so-called picaresque novel of the 18th century. There are several problems with the book. First, the books, he mocks such as Henry Fielding¿s Joseph Andrews are far better than The Sot-Weed Factor. Barth¿s book is otiose, self-indulgent, and absurdly long. The reader gets the joke, and then gets again and again from Barth ad nauseam. The reader becomes stupefied and at some point Barth¿s self-indulgence becomes actively stupid. I read the book once in college and thought I¿d give it a try again several decades later. (It is interesting to note that several reviewers recall what a wonderful book this was when they read it 40 years ago and rank it highly without having revisited it pages.) It could have been a very good book had someone ¿ an editor? ¿ limited Barth to about 250 pages instead of the 768 pages in the Anchor edition. No author ought to imagine they are beyond need of a good editor and no publisher should let them get away with it ¿ both happened here. Take a pass and read the originals or, if you must, give Barth about 250 pages of your time and then move on to something else.
mschif on LibraryThing 11 months ago
The ultimate spoof on historical fiction. Detours and digressions, characters with ever changing personae, long, winded descriptions, and a hero who never gives up keep the reader laughing and tempted to pull their hair out at the same time. Takes place in 17th century London and colonial Maryland.
miketroll on LibraryThing 11 months ago
An expansive tale of fornication, walking the plank, rape and more rape among the early settlers in North America. This is a big book in every sense, indulging itself in farcical interludes, philosophical diversions and amply presenting the delights of the English language as spoken and written in the 18th Century.
jaimelesmaths on LibraryThing 11 months ago
It doesn't look it, but this book is freaking hilarious. And bawdy to boot! The description on the back cover doesn't do it justice. It's long, but, for the most part, it doesn't drag, and the constant plot turns will keep you entertained. And this book certainly has a twisty plot without being too hard to follow. If you're a fan of historical fiction, this is a must-read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I simply wanted to commend Dalkey Archive Press for bringing this canonical novel back into print. If you like dense, beautifully written, experimental, and epic novels like those of Joyce, Pynchon, Gass, and Gaddis, The Sot-Weed Factor is well worth checking out.
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