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on September 6, 2014
Somehow I have missed this book, but it is a must-read if you are at all interested in the development of self-reference as a trope in postmodern fiction. Barth's commitment in this volume to write narratives that are aware of their role as such makes this quite a read (and a blueprint for later pomo heavy-hitters such as DFW in that it is interested in using these devices as means to an end, not as ends in themselves like so much dead-end, pyrotechnic writing). This book is an obligatory passage point.
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on January 12, 2015
JB is brilliant and always worth reading. This is him at perhaps his best, although Sot-Weed Factor is a staggeringly brilliant book.
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on January 3, 2013
Literary experimentalism has rarely been practiced so consciously and creatively. This book is one of those that are in the canon for a multitude of good reasons. Don't overlook this gem.
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on September 10, 2014
A great introduction to postmodernism for anyone who is interested in this literary period - the term is thrown around a lot these days, but John Barth is the real deal.
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on February 10, 2013
When you start reading this, you will be confused. Very confused. The first chapter is from the point of view of a (try reading it first, then google it). After that, the stories get immensely more readable and relatable. This is a fun little collection of loosely related short stories. and is certainly worth the read.
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on August 26, 2016
Experimental, very confusing and boring. Definitely, not a light summer read. I actually enjoy metafiction, but it was really very hard to keep reading this absurd collection of stories. Don't even attempt to read it if you have not read Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. I believe the effort of trying to make sense of this text doesn't pay off.
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on July 18, 2015
Latches on to an overly popular postmodern voice in a very played out naive fashion.
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