All through at least the second half of the book I was just waiting for it to end.
As with most postmodernist works, the reader doesn't quite know whether to take any of its meanings seriously, but suspects that one shouldn't.
Over the course of a few works (Sot-Weed, End of the Road, Letters) Barth was one of the great powers of modern literature.
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 12 months ago by G. Seaton
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 21 months ago 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
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
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
John Barth is as good a prose stylist as the US has produced, and this book shows it. In the first third or so of the book Barth makes the language cavort, caper, dance, sing. Read morePublished on October 31, 2009 by reader
Giles Goat Boy is prefaced by 25 pages of introduction, including a disclaimer of sorts by "The Editors," who seek to warn readers that the book they're about to begin is decidedly... Read morePublished on March 20, 2009 by nonlinearize
This book really blew me away. Adventure is probably my favorite genre, and to find something so dense with meaning, heart and creativity, it was like a god send. Read morePublished on October 28, 2007 by Royalty