The Sot-Weed Factor


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The Sot-Weed Factor

by John Barth (Author)



ISBN: 9781903809501


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A paperback reissue of John Barth's masterpiece from the 1960s - 'a bareknuckled satire of humanity at large' (New York Times Book Review)

Considered by critics to be Barth's most distinguished masterpiece, The Sot-Weed Factor has acquired the status of a modern classic. Set in the late 1600s, it recounts the widely chaotic odyssey of hapless, ungainly Ebenezer Cooke, sent to the New World to look after his father's tobacco business and to record the struggles of the Maryland colony in an epic poem. On his mission, Cooke experiences capture by pirates and Indians; the loss of his father's estate to roguish impostors; love for a former prostitute; stealthy efforts to rob him of his virginity, which he is (almost) determined to protect; and an extraordinary gallery of treacherous characters who continually switch identities. A hilarious, 'bawdy tribute to all the most insidious human vices, The Sot-Weed Factor has 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) 900
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 216
Width (mm) 136