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Praise for Final Fridays

"Barth's writing is as ebullient and welcoming as ever . . . This collection truly shines, however, when Barth focuses on his true passions: the craft of literature and the authors he has spent a lifetime reading, rereading, and admiring…Whatever legacy Barth may leave as a novelist, this collection confirms his position as one of the most enthusiastic readers and most important novelist-teachers of 20th-century letters."—Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Friday Book and Further Fridays

“There is no one else writing today who has the resources of Barth’s imagination.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A dilettante par excellence, Barth has read intelligently and indiscriminately enough to have something interesting to say at almost any time.” —Kirkus

“A reader leaves The Friday Book feeling intellectually fuller, verbally more adept, mentally stimulated, with algebra and fire of his own.” —The Washington Post

“The pieces brought together in The Friday Book reflect Mr. Barth’s witty, playful, and engaging personality . . . They are lively, sometimes casual, and often whimsical—a delight to the reader, whom Mr. Barth seems to be writing or speaking as a learned friend.” —The Kansas City Star

About the Author

John Barth was born in Cambridge, Maryland, and attended Johns Hopkins University before writing his celebrated first novel, The Floating Opera, in 1956. Since then, he has produced more than fifteen collections of short stories, essays, and novels that have won prestigious accolades, including the National Book Award and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award. He divides his time between Maryland and Florida.

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  • File Size: 940 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint (April 10, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Peterson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
FINAL FRIDAYS contains thirty-three occasional pieces that John Barth wrote between 1995 and 2012. It is the third such collection he has published; the first was entitled "Fridays" and the second "Further Fridays". What's the significance of Fridays? That's the day that Barth long set aside to work on non-fiction of various sorts, as a change of pace from his "scribbling" of fiction. And why FINAL Fridays? Because Barth, who celebrated his eighty-third birthday a few days ago, realizes that the actuarial odds against a fourth such volume are mounting, though he promises that he is not throwing in the pen. However, in the last of the pieces, chronologically, Barth discloses an ominous extended case of writer's block. But who knows? As Barth says, "Time will tell."

I confess to being favorably predisposed to John Barth, but even so, for me this book was a real treat. The pieces are learned, literate, witty, upbeat, and playful. Above all else, they radiate an infectious joie de vivre.

Imagine enjoying a bottle (or two) of wine with a personable octogenarian author, still very much compos mentis, telling stories about fifty years in the upper echelon of American letters.
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It's a collection of essays. Love Barth's insights into reading and writing, but they're not nearly as entertaining (or probably as edifying) as his books themselves. Nonetheless, if you're a Barth fan like me and want to know more about the genius behind the curtain and how he thinks, this is a nice resource.
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