The Sot-weed Factor


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The Sot-weed Factor

by John Barth (Author)



ISBN: 9781903809501


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Recounts the wildly chaotic odyssey of hapless, ungainly Ebenezer Cooke, sent to the New World to look after his father's tobacco business. The book is a tribute to the most insidious human vices and a hilarious ride through the 18th century in the company of heroes, villans, innocents and rogues.

Considered by critics to be Barth's most distinguished novel, The Sot-Weed Factor has acquired the status of a modern classic. Set in the late 1600s, it recounts the chaotic odyssey of the hapless, ungainly Ebeneezer Cooke. Cooke is sent to the new world to oversee his father's tobacco business and to record the struggles of the Maryland colony in an epic poem. On his mission, he is captured by pirates and Indians; loses his father's estate to roguish impostors; falls in love with a former prostitute;is nearly robbed of his virginity, which he is (almost)determined to protect; and meets a gallery of treacherous characters who continually switch identities. The Sot-Weed Factor is a hilarious, bawdy tribute to all the most insidious human vices with lasting relevance for readers of all times.


ISBN 1903809509
ISBN13 9781903809501
Publisher Atlantic Books
Format Paperback
Publication date 04/03/2002
Pages 768
Weight (grammes) 891
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 216
Width (mm) 135