Search Results: "John Barth"


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THE BOOK OF TEN NIGHTS AND A NIGHT by John Barth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 2004

"Best for those who consider Barth an essential contemporary writer—whose numbers may be, well, 'contracting.'"
The storytelling urge, in old age and under duress, as seen in the veteran postmodernist's latest collection. Read full book review >

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THE DEVELOPMENT by John Barth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Strongest and freshest when it explores the terra infirma of old age."
National Book Award winner Barth's latest (Where Three Roads Meet, 2005, etc.), a slender collection of linked stories set on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Read full book review >

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THE TIDEWATER TALES by John Barth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 22, 1987

"Rudderless fiction that runs aground too often."
For all its metafictional winks and high-jinks, Barth's latest tome fails to transcend its (ironically intended) self-description as "a novel in which next to nothing happens beyond an interminably pregnant couple's swapping stories." Read full book review >

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SABBATICAL by John Barth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 1982

"But it's an intriguing, touching spectacle nonetheless—the avant-garde meets banal-romance—and it's certainly Barth's most accessible novel since The Sot-Weed Factor."
Some critics have long suspected that the "meta-fiction" experimentalists (those who erect a barricade of cold, ornate literary devices between story and reader) are really the least tough-minded writers around, that they often use parody and formalism to fend off—or cover up—the thin sentimentality at the heart of their work. Read full book review >

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EVERY THIRD THOUGHT by John Barth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Idiosyncratic, outlandish—and a good read."
Barth delivers a slim postmodern novel about—what else?—a postmodern novelist experiencing a series of uncanny coincidences and visions. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 14, 1995

"A dilettante par excellence, Barth has read intelligently and indiscriminately enough to have something interesting to say at almost any time."
Like The Friday Book (1984), a collection of eclectic and irregularly insightful essays by the noted novelist—an admixture of reminiscence, manifesto, and review. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 18, 1984

"Primarily for those involved in the philosophy-of-fiction quarrels, then, along with passionate fans of Barth's novels and stories."
Lectures, introductions, symposium contributions, and other miscellaneous pieces (written on Friday mornings)—most of which end up as arguments for Barth's "postmodernist" approach to fiction, with extensive references to his own work (especially the numbing LETTERS). Read full book review >

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LOST IN THE FUNHOUSE by John Barth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 1968

No American writer under forty is as lavishly admired as John Barth. Read full book review >

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THE FLOATING OPERA by John Barth
Released: Aug. 24, 1956

"The scene is the Eastern shore of Maryland, and The Floating Opera is a showboat which docks up there."
A deliberately digressive and, on occasion, smugly salacious report on the life and times of Todd Andrews, a bachelor, a lawyer, and a philosopher of (and out of) sorts who reviews his life as it was influenced by a heart condition and prostate trouble. Read full book review >

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COLLECTED STORIES by John Barth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"As part of Barth's challenging postmodernist corpus, the short stories offer smaller doses of the odd pleasures and strains of a restless intelligence and its relentless gaming of the literary system."
A monumental assemblage of this antic author's short fiction, most of it steeped in the literary history and postmodernist contortions of "that peculiarly American species, the writer in the university." Read full book review >

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ONCE UPON A TIME by John Barth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 1994

"Very vintage Barth, and disappointingly so, despite the occasional reminders of a talent once new and stunningly inventive."
In a reprise of old themes, haunts, and ideas, metafiction master Barth (The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor, 1991) returns to himself and his native Chesapeake Bay in this fictional memoir of a middle-aged writer embarked on an autumnal cruise. Read full book review >

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THE LAST VOYAGE OF SOMEBODY THE SAILOR by John Barth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 1990

"A thin story in a very fat book."
Barth is back with another big (544-page), bawdy, and "postmodernist" book, replete with the usual metafictional conceits, in which the "New Journalist" hero, a contemporary Scheherazade of sorts, likes to swap tales with the legendary Sinbad the Sailor, while trying to get his bearings, both metaphorically and literally. Read full book review >