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The Sot-Weed Factor By John Barth The Sot Weed Factor Considered by critics to be Barth s masterpiece The Sot Weed Factor has acquired the status of a modern classic Set in the late s it recounts the wildly chaotic odyssey of hapless ungainly Eben
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  • The Sot-Weed Factor By John Barth Considered by critics to be Barth s masterpiece, The Sot Weed Factor has acquired the status of a modern classic Set in the late 1600s, it recounts the wildly chaotic odyssey of hapless, ungainly Ebenezer Cooke, sent to the New World to look after his father s tobacco business to record the struggles of the Maryland colony in an epic poem On his mission, Cooke expeConsidered by critics to be Barth s masterpiece, The Sot Weed Factor has acquired the status of a modern classic Set in the late 1600s, it recounts the wildly chaotic odyssey of hapless, ungainly Ebenezer Cooke, sent to the New World to look after his father s tobacco business to record the struggles of the Maryland colony in an epic poem On his mission, Cooke experiences capture by pirates Indians the loss of his father s estate to roguish impostors love for a farmer prostitute stealthy efforts to rob him of his virginity, which he s almost determined to protect an extraordinary gallery of treacherous characters who continually switch identities A hilarious, bawdy tribute to all the most insidious human vices, The Sot Weed Factor has lasting relevance for all readers.
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    1. John Barth

      John Simmons Barth is an American novelist and short story writer, known for the postmodernist and metafictive quality of his work.John Barth was born in Cambridge, Maryland, and briefly studied Elementary Theory and Advanced Orchestration at Juilliard before attending Johns Hopkins University, receiving a B.A in 1951 and an M.A in 1952 for which he wrote a thesis novel, The Shirt of Nessus.He was a professor at Penn State University 1953 1965 , SUNY Buffalo 1965 1973 , Boston University visiting professor, 1972 1973 , and Johns Hopkins University 1973 1995 before he retired in 1995.Barth began his career with The Floating Opera and The End of the Road, two short novels that deal wittily with controversial topics, suicide and abortion respectively They are straightforward tales as Barth later remarked, they didn t know they were novels The Sot Weed Factor, Barth s next novel, is an 800 page mock epic of the colonization of Maryland based on the life of an actual poet, Ebenezer Cooke, who wrote a poem of the same title The Sot Weed Factor is what Northrop Frye called an anatomy a large, loosely structured work, with digressions, distractions, stories within stories, and lists such as a lengthy exchange of insulting terms by two prostitutes The fictional Ebenezer Cooke repeatedly described as poet and virgin is a Candide like innocent who sets out to write a heroic epic, becomes disillusioned and ends up writing a biting satire.Barth s next novel, Giles Goat Boy, of comparable size, is a speculative fiction based on the conceit of the university as universe 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 In the course of the novel Giles carries out all the tasks prescribed by Joseph Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces Barth kept a list of the tasks taped to his wall while he was writing the book.The short story collection Lost in the Funhouse and the novella collection Chimera are even metafictional than their two predecessors, foregrounding the writing process and presenting achievements such as seven nested quotations In LETTERS Barth and the characters of his first six books interact.While writing these books, Barth was also pondering and discussing the theoretical problems of fiction writing, most notably in an essay, The Literature of Exhaustion first printed in the Atlantic, 1967 , that was widely considered to be a statement of the death of the novel compare with Roland Barthes s The Death of the Author Barth has since insisted that he was merely making clear that a particular stage in history was passing, and pointing to possible directions from there He later 1979 wrote a follow up essay, The Literature of Replenishment, to clarify the point.Barth s fiction continues to maintain a precarious balance between postmodern self consciousness and wordplay on the one hand, and the sympathetic characterisation and page turning plotting commonly associated with traditional genres and subgenres of classic and contemporary storytelling.

    892 thoughts on “The Sot-Weed Factor”

    1. This book is a sheer marvel Set in the 1600s, it s awash in lyrical excess, bawdy humor, historical satire, human vice, roguish fools, epic intent, and pirates and Indians and prostitutes and poets, oh my The sheer life force of this novel is amazing, the prose is masterful and wickedly funny, and the journey is like nothing I ve ever been on before Now I ll shut up and let the far eloquent Mr Barth take over Here s the opening line In the last years of the Seventeenth Century there was to be f [...]


    2. Luego de nueve d as y m s de 1200 p ginas puedo decir con total seguridad que El plantador de tabaco es una obra maestra Una historia declamada por decenas de personajes variopintos que entran en escena para luego salir y volver a entrar cientos de p ginas despu s, piratas, esclavos, indios, personajes hist ricos como Charles Calvert, Francis Nicholson o el mismo Ebenezer Cooke y m ltiples relatos dentro de relatos Una locura llevada a su grado m ximo, en la que la identidad carece de valor real [...]


    3. Escher Sphere, 1942, Maple, diameter 235mmI visited the Escher museum in The Hague recently It was a real treat because I ve been fascinated by Escher s work since I first saw his Hand Drawing Itself view spoiler hide spoiler and some of his other drawing puzzles when I was a teenager I often doodle my own versions of puzzle drawings, turning a person s profile into an architectural feature, for example, or making a geometric pattern reveal a face hidden inside it There s an absurdity about such [...]


    4. Well loved books from my pastRating 5 golden stars of five, with a rapturous yodel cluster The Publisher Says Considered by critics to be Barth s most distinguished masterpiece, The Sot Weed Factor has acquired the status of a modern classic Set in the late 1600s, it recounts the wildly chaotic odyssey of hapless, ungainly Ebenezer Cooke, sent to the New World to look after his father s tobacco business and to record the struggles of the Maryland colony in an epic poem On his mission, Cooke expe [...]


    5. What a fun book I d like to compare it to Bob Dylan s 115th Dream, but alas it s already been done The song s plot is not all that far from what John Barth is up to in The Sot Weed Factor, but Barth is far dare I say it exhausting This is a mock history of the real life poet Ebenezer Cooke, who wrote the Hudibrastic poem The sot weed factor or, A voyage to Maryland A satyr In which is describ d the laws, government, courts and constitutions of the country, and also the buildings, feasts, frolic [...]


    6. Sextants and ParallelsJohn Barth took four years to write this epic Epic, and published it at the age of 30 in 1960.I 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 , but I could spend a lifetime or what little remains of it recounting its marvels.This was my third Barth novel I loved the first two But this one totally blew my mind, both in terms of ambition and execution.Swords and CannonsI have my favou [...]


    7. Boisterous, Hilarious, Satirical, Epic Frolic Set in Seventeenth Century London and Colonial MarylandA buddy described this book as a rollicking tale Good description.Don t expect brevity or logic here.I already knew Barth was a formidable and unique writer, since I d read and loved Lost in the Funhouse a long time ago.The Sot Weed Factor is an entirely different type of novel So Barth, like the most brilliant writers, is extremely versatile and has proven he can write well in completely differe [...]


    8. We sit here on a blind rock careening through space we are all of us rushing headlong to the grave Think you the worms will care, when anon they make a meal of you, whether you spent your moment sighing wigless in your chamber, or sacked the golden tombs of Montezuma Lookee, the day s nigh spent tis gone careering into time forever We are dying men i faith, there s time for naught but bold resolves It kills me when I go to the movies and I m sitting next to some little kid that has to study my r [...]


    9. Unlike many other reviewers, I did not have the experience of being pleasurably catapulted headlong into the world of Ebenezer Cooke and his associates In fact, I struggled with this novel for hundreds of pages before I started to enjoy it I dislike the particular style the book parodies and resembles, and found the plot and characters to be overtly silly, the adventures unbelievable It took a long time for me to suspend my cynicism and allow myself just to roll with the punches While the style [...]


    10. No pleasure pleasures me as doth a well spun tale, be t sad or merry, shallow or deep If the subject s privy business, or unpleasant, who cares a fig The road to Heaven s beset with thistles, and methinks there s many a cow pat on t As for length, fie, fie He raised a horny finger A bad tale s long though it want but an eyeblink for the telling, and a good tale short though it take from St Swithin s to Michaelmas to have done with t Ha And the plot is tangled, d ye say Is t knotful or bewildere [...]


    11. This book is kind of nuts.In a good, hilarious way, I mean I am Ebenzer Cooke, Poet and Laureate of this province Well, I was once called the Traveling Whore o Dorset, but I don t boast of t Ebenzer Cooke has been waving his title in everyone s faces So have been many others Maryland is infested with poet laureates called Ebenzer Cooke Henry Burlingame, on the other hand, is singlehandedly filling many shoes as he goes on a Mission Impossible esque spree of changing disguises Joan Toast is dilig [...]


    12. HEAR YE, HEAR YE I am starting a rebellion against all who do not want to wear periwigs I feel that these are a classy way to display ones self, as well as carrying a sword to defend one s honor I shall call my new land BARTHLANDIA The national book shall be The Sot Weed Factor, we shall eat eggplant every Friday, and drink away our sorrows with rum with much merry making Our national currency shall be poetry, and ALL of the elected officials shall be elected through eating contests, Kobaysahi s [...]


    13. Local man rewrites Maryland history Dsheart, b Truth, but I do believe that the gentleman known as John Barth Esquire was surely bit in the arse by Clio herself, which Fine Lady curst him with such a fever and ague and ashivering that could ne er be shaken off, but only worked up and out, out into a tale the size of an Ocean and Beyond, encompassing a whole World, nay a Galaxy, nay a Cosmos no less, of the Incautious, the Devious, the Opportune, the Cockamamy, the Resourceful, the Shameless, the [...]


    14. Health Warning This novel is nothing like Sorrentino s 1983 novel Blue Pastoral After extensive talks with leaders of the Nathan N.R Public Evisceration Associated Critical Dismantling For Jollies Corporation, we at the MJ Nicholls 20 Second Knocked Off Reviews for the sake of them Organisation Affiliated Dunces Inc would like to issue an apology for anyone who read a certain review of Blue Pastoral and emerged from the experience with the opinion this novel in any way resembled Sorrentino s 198 [...]


    15. This true American masterpiece is written like a 17th century literary novel The style could well be Fielding, except that Barth is even hilarious.At a time when minimalist novelists seem to be in vogue, I revelled in the intelligent richness of the elaborate quixotic tale woven by Barth When a novelist can write as well as peers like Saul Bellow or V.S Naipaul, then a maximalist style like Barth s is to be savoured Poor chaste poet laureate, Ebenezer Cooke, encounters harsh reality at every tu [...]


    16. One of the best books I ve ever read I ll need a while to think about it before trying to articulate my thoughts I ll just say that it was much better than I could ever have hoped, and I think it s required reading for anyone at all into long, postmodern novels.


    17. I read this several years back so cannot make a real review A prospective reader asks about the kind of humor it contains and whether it suffers from an ailment of early 1960 postmodern literature from being bizarre to the point of fantasy A definite no to that.This is the story of a new English immigrant, Ebenezer Cooke, who has become a tobacco merchant aka sot weed factor in colonial Maryland at the beginning of the 19th century He is absurd in feeling special virtue over his celibacy, but th [...]


    18. Poesy Prosey perfection More fun than a barrel full o brandy, and saucier than the Traveling Whore O Dorset on a particularly randy morn.


    19. One part revival of the so called anatomy novel big, rambling books without much by way of plot part all important postmodern tome part study on topics such as identity, loyalty, naivete, colonialism and art part experiment with seventeenth century English which gets a lot easier to read once you ve sunk into the book part metafictional hall of mirrors part rip roaring adventure story part bildingsroman and one hundred percent ribald joke to rival Portnoy s Complaint Gravity s Rainbow is the mos [...]


    20. The Sot Weed Factor ow y2ByS Era ciertamente un espect culo de lo m s ins lito m s flaco a n que de costumbre debido al rigor de los meses que hab a pasado embarcado, Ebenezer avanzaba por la carretera de troncos dando zancadas como una cig e a con las plumas erizadas Llevaba los pies desnudos y llenos de ampollas, la camisa y los pantalones hechos jirones rapado y afeitado cuando lo raptaron del Poseid n , ahora le hab a crecido salvaje el pelo del cuero cabelludo y de la barbilla, de modo que, [...]


    21. This book is getting away from me, kind of like things in my life at the moment It s real good but I left it unread for too long Fucking books I love them but they consume me At bars I tell other drinkers, the serious and casual alike about books, I met women, go on dates, talk about books then I do myself I got this reading thing pretty bad, but I think it s good for me I wish life was like a novel, but it ain t I m just rambling, been single longer then I d like to admit, it could be one reas [...]


    22. Joel bought me something several years ago for xmas I already owned it He kept that copy and asked, teeth gritted, what I wanted I suggested this and read it over the holidays, particularly one hungover party at my parents Punning and ribald, it must be situated just below Pynchon, specifically Mason and Dixon It is disquieting how polarizing otherwise literate people are concerning Mason and Dixon One should read the Sot Weed Factor if at all concerned with the undulating comic possibilities of [...]


    23. My third or fourth read of this I m not sure, but really, who the hell can keep track of things like that any The important thing is, I stilldearlylove this book, it s still sheer pleasure, a perfect delight, from page 1 to page 756 OK,there was a tiny span where Lord Balti is talking about Maryland s history that got a bit boring, a handful of pages, but other than that, perfect Really.



    24. In the last years of the Seventeenth Century there was to be found among the fops and fools of the London coffee houses one rangy, gangling flitch called Ebenezer Cooke The Sot Weed Factor hooked me from the first sentence.John Barth s novel was inspired by a poem of the same name written by Ebenezer Cooke in 1708 The novel itself draws on official archives of Maryland, but its historical account is animated by a whirlpool of imagination The plot pivots and twirls with intrigue, counter intrigue [...]



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    26. This thoroughly enthralling tale set mostly in the British colony of 17th century Maryland a telling of fledgling willy nilly poet Laureate of same and his Marylaniad one Ebeneezer Cooke who with his vast cast of characters some who often as not act impersonator to EC including his twin sister and a blithering plot of vicissitude and philosophical turnabout would mystify a Merlin Methinks this ye yea nay tale o yore style an allegory on karma withal existential precepts A fair look to the histor [...]


    27. A completely preposterous, hilarious and brilliant book about, among a million other things, the evils of innocence Written beautifully in 17th century prose, in which time the book is set About Ebeneezer Cooke, possibly the poet laureate of the colony of Maryland, depending on whom you believe, which in this book should be no one at all Every character he meets has at least one lengthy story to tell, always fascinating, about events seemingly distant from Cooke s story, yet which inevitably rel [...]


    28. This is a substantial and detailed farce of sorts or comedy of errors at least There was an actual Ebeneezer Cooke who wrote the poem although this is a work of fiction I read it first 25 years ago and loved it I tried to reread this and just got snagged by all the detail and found I don t have the time or mental energy to complete the reread It IS wonderful but maybe once is enough


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