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Michael

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  • The Sot-Weed Factor

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Barth
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
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    (84)
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    (67)
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    (69)

    Considered by critics to be Barth's most distinguished novel, The Sot-Weed Factor has acquired the status of a modern classic. Set in the late 1600s, it recounts the chaotic odyssey of the hapless, ungainly Ebeneezer Cooke. Cooke is sent to the New World to oversee his father's tobacco business and to record the struggles of the Maryland colony in an epic poem. On his mission, he is captured by pirates and Indians; loses his father's estate to roguish impostors; falls in love with a former prostitute; and meets a gallery of treacherous characters who continually switch identities.

    Janice says: "An adventure full of bawdy humour, wit and wonder"
    "If you're a lit major, you'll love it"
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    I didn't really read the description of this book before I downloaded it. I missed the word parody. Or farce. Or spoof. I saw it was historical fiction and it was a long book. And it was all of those - parody, history and long. If it had not been for the narrator, Pariseau, I would have given up and added it to the short pile of 2 other books in my lifetime that I simply could not complete reading. But Pariseau made it worth the time - what a phenomenal range that man has!! The story itself is convoluted and has so many short stories within its bounds that I wonder if the book's whole purpose wasn't to supply a connect the dots effect to all those stories. Colorful characters, all. The main character, an English poet, is a fool in the realm of life, but he does get under your skin. I found myself rhyming a lot during the time I was listening to this book! But would I recommend the book -
    nay, I say.

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