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Giles Goat Boy (The Anchor Literary Library) Paperback – August 18, 1987
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Philosophy and religion are at the very core of GGB. Through the interactions of various characters and references to thinly-disguised historical figures, Barth explores many of the key questions that have occupied deep thinkers for centuries, as far back as ancient Greece. In GGB Barth even rewrites the play “Oedipus Rex” in a manner that entirely appropriate for its new setting in the novel. But if Barth were to restrict his focus to just religion, philosophy and ancient Greek classics, he would likely have produced a very dry tome. Instead, Barth weaves in storylines concerning Cold War politics and campus life which should be intimately familiar to anyone who attended college in the past fifty years. Then he creates a fascinating protagonist, the title character, and sends him on an epic quest filled with battles, conquests and lustful pursuit. Finally, at all times, Barth’s highly developed and observant sense of humor shines through, providing further impetus for the reader to keep turning the pages.
As is true with Barth’s other lengthy tomes (e.g. “The Sot Weed Factor”), Giles Goat-Boy rewards attentive reading, ideally in closely-spaced long sittings, so that the reader reaches the conclusion without having forgotten too much of the beginning.Read more ›
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The good news: Giles Goat Boy (1966) has far fewer moving plot parts and (thankfully!) far fewer characters than John Barth’s previous effort, The Sot Weed Factor. Read morePublished 13 months ago by M. Buzalka
An allegorical novel of the post war world as University Campus with brilliance, erudition and good humor scattered throughout.Published 14 months ago by J. L. Fee
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 19 months ago by Mark Gillingham
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 on September 6, 2013 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 Anon
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