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by John. BARTH

eBook Sabbatical epub
  • ISBN: 0436036754
  • Author: John. BARTH
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Putnam; Limited edition (1982)
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • ePUB size: 1310 kb
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Chapter 2 - John Updike died. The last letter he wrote was to John B. That doesn't really have much to do with anything, but writing about Barth inclines one to that sort of apropos of nothingness

Chapter 2 - John Updike died. That doesn't really have much to do with anything, but writing about Barth inclines one to that sort of apropos of nothingness. Chapter 3 - Tonight I said to the spousal unit, "Spousal Unit! Bring forth from the library the first book upon which thou dost clap thine eyes. He brought Barth's Sabbatical. I am 15 pages in. I have giggled at least once per page.

John Simmons Barth (/bɑːrθ/; born May 27, 1930) is an American writer who is best known for his postmodernist and metafictional fiction. John Barth, called "Jack", was born in Cambridge, Maryland. He has an older brother, Bill, and a twin sister Jill. In 1947 he graduated from Cambridge High School, where he played drums and wrote for the school newspaper.

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Subtitled "a romance," Sabbatical is the story of Susan Rachel Allan Seckler, a sharp young associate professor of early American literature-part Jewish, part Gypsy, and possibly descended from Edgar Allan Poe-and her husband Fenwick Scott Key Turner, a 50-year-old ex-CIA officer currently between careers, a direct descendant of the author of "The Star Spangled.

Subtitled a romance, Sabbatical is the story of Susan Rachel Allan Seckler, a sharp young associate professor of early American literature part Jewish, part Gypsy, and possibly descended from Edgar Allan Poe and her husband Fenwick Scott Key Turner, a 50-year-old ex-CIA officer currently between careers, a direct descendant of the author of The Star Spangled Banner and himself the. author of a troublemaking book about his former employer.

John Barth is the author of numerous works of fiction, including The Sot-Weed Factor, The Tidewater Tales, Lost in the Funhouse, The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor, the National Book Award winner Chimera, and most recently The Book of Ten Nights and a Night

John Barth is the author of numerous works of fiction, including The Sot-Weed Factor, The Tidewater Tales, Lost in the Funhouse, The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor, the National Book Award winner Chimera, and most recently The Book of Ten Nights and a Night. He taught for many years in the writing program at Johns Hopkins University. Teller, tale, torrid. inspiration: Barth's seventeenth book brings these three narrative 'roads' together inimitably, and thrice.

Subtitled "a romance", Sabbatical is the story of Susan Rachel Allan Seckler, a sharp young associate professor of early American literature - part Jewish, part Gypsy, and possibly descended from Edgar Allen Poe - and her husband Fenwick Scott Key Turner, a 50-year-old ex-CIA officer currently between careers, a direct descendant of the author of "The Star Spangled Banner" and himself the.

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Sabbatical: A Romance is a novel by the American writer John Barth, published in 1982. The story is centered on a yacht race through the Chesapeake Bay. Barth's narrative was inspired by the death of ex-CIA officer John Paisley. John Barth interview with Don Swaim, June 8, 1982.

Comments: (5)
Fani
This is the second work that I have read by this author. The first was very stupid and so I thought I give him a second chance. The reviews on this book sounded encouraging. So I got it and I read it. Initially, the story seems to be interesting and it feels like he might go somewhere. However, all the major things that occur in his book have no connection to one another and in no connection to any theme or plot. For example, while there sailing they find a mysterious island where someone shoots at them and they hear voices but cannot find any person. They also see an actual sea monster that comes up and then leaves. They are also solicited by the CIA. They are also looking for two relatives that work for the CIA that disappeared. Do not think that any of the events listed above means anything more than I just described. They simply happen and the author offers no explanation. There are no allusions to them later on. So what was the point? The list of things to happen goes on and on. What is most annoying about this but is that none of these items has anything to do with any other item and none of them are resolved in any way. The book simply ends with a author decided that he could not make any point of anything.

This book is a waste of time. It's not that enjoyable to read on the way either.

I was left feeling that the author feels that he is so important that he should be listened to no matter what he says even if it is mediocre. That's what this novel is.
IGOT
This not one of those less is more books, nor is it a more is more book, it is a more is much too much book. Told in the authorial first person, each of the two main characters take turns carrying the voice, and debating with each other about what goes into the book and what stays out. Nearly everything goes in with one often violated exception: the female voice insists that there will be "no effing effings in our story" or, to use the technical term as Barth does, no "turpiloquence."

While the male narrator places their story in the 4000 year-old tradition of sea voyage fiction (think the "Shipwrecked Sailor" from the Egyptian papyrus era to Melville and Conrad), it is, in fact, not much more than a rambling story about the hazards of sailing on Chesapeake bay on the late summer afternoons when violent thunderstorms are likely to mangle sail and sailor.

The book, first published in 1982, focuses on Central Intelligence Agency excesses involving the narrator and several members of his immediate family. The description of these matters draws exhaustively on contemporary news reports and other documents. Since, apparently, the CIA maintained several safe houses in those days on the more remote islands of Chesapeake Bay, the "Company's" heavy hand always seems poised to strike and, where necessary, kill.

As you might expect in a "romance" -- see the full title -- Barth juices up the novel with hearty dollops of marital and extramarital sex. This make for good reading even when it seems more fantasy than fact. The book is feminist, liberal and literate in tone and very knowledgeable about the Bay and the Baltimore-Washington scene. But because Barth loads it up with so much extraneous material, it is a bit of a slog.

End note. John Barth turns 83 later this month (May 27). His most recent work, "The Development," is collection of short stories about the aging residents of a gated community. Like many of his other books, including "Sabbatical", it is set in the Tidewater area where Barth was born and grew up. No question about it. He knows the territory.
Amis
Sailing up the chesapeake bay. John Barth brings us sailing once again, this time with the tale of married ex CIA-and-deeper-operative-turned-tell-almost-all-expose-writer Fenwick (descendant of Francis Scott Key) and literary prof Susan (descendant of Edgar Allen Poe), aboard their ship Pokey, while they wrestle with all of the things that can come between the introduction of the gun in Act I and its being fired in Act III, between the act and its resolution, things like birth, death, loyalty, rambunctious nephews, seamonsters. There are common themes here, sure, but for this reader, Barth's talent ensures that the style transcends gimmick. The story never gets too horribly muckied up while he plays around. In fact, sometimes his bold this-is-what-i'm-going-to-make-happen-next-and-this-is-why entrances/intrusions actually increase our appreciation/wonder for his craft. The man is telling you flat out how he plans to manipulate your senses of awe and delight, and thus warned, you're still blown away when he actually goes ahead and does it. Barth is an uncommon magician, in that he has no secrets, and yet he is no less magical
Sironynyr
This is an example of Barth in his "too smart for us readers" mode. Instead of telling a poignant and interesting and perhaps moving story about a complicated family wrapped up in cold-war intrigue and general late-twentieth century angst and insanity, this is a book about books, and about writing. If you go in for that sort of thing you will love it. Far from being straightforward, the plotting is circuitous and completely unsatisfying; the shifting point of view is so consciously experimental that it is almost a joke on the reader. There is no doubt that John Barth is a lot smarter than most of us, and is a really brilliant writer and thinker. But his brilliance keeps this from being a fun or entertaining novel. If you like your reading experimental and self-conscious, by all means, pick it up!
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