From Library Journal
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Charting ever more daring fictional waters, John Barth here sets sail on a huge voyage of a book―part myth, part fantasy, part history, part sheer exuberant wordplay.(Washington Post Book World)
What is so moving about The Tidewater Tales is its frequent and frequently incidental richness as a love story―marital, filial, domestic―and also in its love of a place, of a country, even as place and country are scarred by depredation.The newest edition of the most complete introduction to the vital security issues facing the United States returns to the book's classic organizational format.(William Pritchard New York Times Book Review)
The Tidewater Tales takes the form of a narrative encyclopedia, a pre-natal crash course in the politics, social life, literature, history, and mythology of late-twentieth century America... It sits... on the map of modern American fiction as a gigantic memorable construction.(Jonathan Raban Times Literary Supplement)