All through at least the second half of the book I was just waiting for it to end.
The only real redeeming features in Barth's worldview are the laughs he rummages out of the ashes of nihilism, and his wicked, self-deprecating sense of humor.
Over the course of a few works (Sot-Weed, End of the Road, Letters) Barth was one of the great powers of modern literature.
A review by Dr. Joseph Suglia
With his imposing fourth novel, Giles Goat-Boy: or, The Revised New Syllabus (1966), John Barth stopped writing stories and started writing... Read more
Barth is my favorite author. He can weave intimate tales and challenges your knowledge and views.Published 1 month ago by Mark Gillingham
Any attempt to describe John Barth’s “Giles Goat-Boy” (GGB) is going to oversimplify what is a vast, complex masterpiece of a book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by cs211
It's wonderful to see major classics such as Giles Goat Boy readily available again as e-books! I first read Giles when it was on the best-sellers lists in the '60s, and have long... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book is a replacement for one I owned many years ago and lost. This order came as described and w/in the time frame indicated (not fast, but on time). Read morePublished 16 months ago by Gary S.
On aesthetic grounds (though they pale before the moral), the work is objectionable: the rhetoric is extreme, the conceit and action wildly implausible, the interpretation of... Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by Ed E. Tuhr
Let me state right now that this is not a review of the text but a review of the 'product' I received. Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by Andy in UK
this, my friends, is an enormous piece of crap. it's huge and boring. the floating opera by barth is good, but this is absolute crap, one of the worst things i have ever read. Read morePublished on April 13, 2011 by juan
Wars are riots. The Nikolyan Revolution led to the rise of the Bonifacists. Enos Enoch gave the Seminar-on-the-Hill and threw the Business Administration concessionaires out of... Read morePublished on March 14, 2010 by Bixology