The Sot-weed Factor

Barth, John

Book - 1987
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Sot-weed Factor
A parody of life in colonial America relates the adventures of Ebenezer Cooke who became the poet laureate of Maryland.

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, c1987
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 0385240880
Branch Call Number: FICTION BARTH 1987
Characteristics: iii, 756 p. ;,21 cm


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Funny, bawdy, and philosophical in equal measures - and with one of the best first sentences ever - this 1100-page modern picaresque follows the gawky and resolutely chaste young poet Ebenezer Cooke through his adventures in colonial Maryland.

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Mar 22, 2011

A hilarious book. One of the most absurdly funny books I've read. The challenge is the length and the sprawl of the book, along with occasionally bizarre (and hilarious) situations.

Sep 08, 2010
  • stuvw27 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Someone once wrote that this book is “Just right for a pretentious teenager.” Which is exactly what I was when I read it. I was on the make for more Pynchon and Gaddis than either of them had a hankerin’ to write and Barth, for the most part, filled the bill, in his own special way of course. The energy from this propelled me through several other Barth novels of which only “Giles Goat Boy” comes to mind. (I have to wonder if Jim Brewer was also a “pretentious teenager”…)


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