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All this came to mind recently when I picked up a novel I’d been meaning to read for many years, John Barth’s The Sot-Weed Factor. Reading. The Sot-Weed Factor. John Barth. “This is Barth’s most distinguished masterpiece . This modern classic is a hilarious tribute to all the most insidious human vices. ii 1 03 THE SOX-WEED FACTOR by John Barth THE FI-OATINC OPFJRA THE KKI> OF XJfcUE ROAJD THJ SOT-‘WJeKO FACTOR The SOT-WEED.

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I place the word serious between quotation marks because no one seems to know quite what it means as a modifier of writer, unless it means someone who is after something above and beyond the most basic and necessary thing, which is, of course, money. A half-man, half-goat discovers his humanity and becomes a savior in a story presented as a computer tape given to Barth, who denies that it is his work.

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Become a member today. Don’t expect brevity or logic here. There are stories within stories, characters within characters, plots within plots. Franzen’s treatment is made more complete as Gary, eldest of the Lambert kids and hilariously aware of the ebb and flow of his own serotonin and dopamine levels varth money in the drug company that makes Aslan.

The Sot-Weed Factor is an entirely different type of novel.

Anyway, this factpr like none of those and maybe worth a look. View all 83 comments. Effexor, Wellbutrin, Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac: Still, never thought Historical fiction could be so much Fun Fun Fun! His dreams drive him to ridiculous ends where his ambitions are constantly confounded by greater existential powers. Another prisoner is John Cactor. Open Preview See a Problem? Although he writes What’s in his mind, His tale is told Between her legs. This was my third Barth novel.

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I more or less spent four days inside its four walls over Easter I was determined to gobble it up before the chocolate Easter eggs were finished!

I really think that the Updike quote used by Mr. Punning and ribald, it must be situated just below Pynchon, specifically Mason and Dixon. This page was last edited on 19 Decemberat And so we beshit ourselves, not always figuratively.

And to be fair, I am not an Updike fan—he was just a little too unquestioning of his background, too WHASPy for my taste I have been adding the silent H to this acronym for the last few years, to isolate what is probably just assumed—and that is heterosexuality. He assumes various disguises and identities many of which don’t become obvious until later in the book.

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After leaving the island, they encounter Mary who, along with the trapper Harvey Russecks, explains that a golden-skinned Indian by the name of Billy Rumbly is living with a white English woman. Cual un dios conoce las fuentes del bien y del mal: King Hicktopeake’s ravenous Queen had been keeping, not only the king, but all men in the town perpetually fatigued.

Nobody knows where the real chap is buried; I made up a grave for Hte because I wanted to write his epitaph. As for Maryland, it turned blue and flattened into an immense musical surface, which suavely slid northwestwards under seagulls. If you’re not a celebrity in LA, it always seems like you’re only one conversation away from talking about a celebrity.


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In Plymouth, Henry leaves Ebenezer, who is terrified by a sinister pair of seamen called Skye and Scurry who declare that they are pursuing a man by the name of Ebenezer Cooke. I love the Restoration and 17th Century—but where are the female equivalents of Pope, and Swift, and Sterne? Bauer sued the pants off some folks. There are a few barrh, of course.


The ths sort hath its archetype in Adam; the second in Satan. Feb 11, MJ Nicholls rated it it was amazing Shelves: Second, the ending epilogues wrapped everything up with a sit little bow, which was anti-climatic and devoid of all the wonderful character and dialogue that made the novel so enjoyable.

Two days later he “got out of bed and stood in one place for a solid hour. In case you forgot which I hadn’t. Methinks this ye yea nay tale o’ yore style an allegory on karma withal existential precepts.

The Millions’ future depends on your support. I rolled my eyes, and cut up rough whenever we got into the book’s faux-antique Englysshe.