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Every story rang true but had its own quirky twist that appealed to my appreciation of odd things.
It seems like Barth wrote that one really great short story and then decided to make a novel out of it, so he added a lot of fluff to fill out the rest of the book.
I do not know if the paper versions of the book had the same editing problems, but there were so many places where "off" was spelled "of."
An evocation of what it may mean to be the aging fortunate generation facing The End.
Wait, that's not fair to the interest John Barth draws out as one reads. Read more
In a late work of fiction that demonstrates the power of John Barth's comedic, satirical prose, "The Development" is a novel composed of nine short stories set within a gated... Read morePublished 13 months ago by John Kwok
What a nightmare.
The Development is collection of short stories about a certain gated housing community on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Chesepeak Bay. Read more
I got this book for a class I took last semester. It's alright. Not sure if it'd be something I would buy just to buy but it's not horrible.Published 21 months ago by Megan M
began as a good story, became bizarre and ridiculous with every turning page. I would not recommend this book and did not finish itPublished 23 months ago by Barbara
I enjoyed the way John Barth has to relate to the reader, his way of including the reader in his stories and the flow that creates a kind of enchantment while you swim across his... Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by Maria Laura Scasso
As a relatively new transplant to Maryland, I found this a quite wonderful introduction to Maryland culture, kind of a "Welcome!" packet in novel form. Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by noochinator
This books gives a bit of insight into the thoughts of those who are ageing and are relatively well off. And, there is nothing wrong with that. Read morePublished on October 3, 2011 by RFT
A gently used copy of The Development arrived in a timely manner and in good condition as was described. I am most pleased with my purchase. Read morePublished on March 15, 2011 by Carole A. Calhoun