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The Sot-weed Factor

Barth, John (Book - 1987 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Sot-weed Factor
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A parody of life in colonial America relates the adventures of Ebenezer Cooke who became the poet laureate of Maryland.
Authors: Barth, John, 1930-
Title: The sot-weed factor
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, c1987
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
Characteristics: iii, 756 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: John Barth
Summary: A parody of life in colonial America relates the adventures of Ebenezer Cooke who became the poet laureate of Maryland.
ISBN: 0385240880
9780385240888
Branch Call Number: FICTION BARTH 1987
Subject Headings: Cooke, Ebenezer, approximately 1667-approximately 1732 Fiction Maryland History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 Fiction Poets Fiction
Genre/Form: Picaresque literature
Biographical fiction
Topical Term: Poets
LCCN: 87001399
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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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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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