I always think The Floating Opera is a great read. I've read it
many times, always with pleasure. I'd start there.
From: Kris Majer [mailto:stonk@...
Sent: Wednesday, October 30, 2002 4:08 AM
Subject: [johnbarth] Re: Where to begin reading
> Does anyone have any ideas regarding which John Barth book
> read next?
I always press my two favourites on those who are new to JB,
that is the two
fat novels of the sixties - The Sot Weed Factor and Giles
Goat Boy. You'll
find them in many respects different from Funhouse, but I'm
sure you'll see
many of B's ubiquitous preoccupations here as well... Mind,
these are really
huge, sprawling novels, both of 700 pages or so, with an
incredible scope -
ones to get buried in for weeks and enjoy every minute!
> Would it make sense to read them chronologically according
> to when they were written and start with "A Floating
I never read them that way, although it surely has its
merits... I might do
so eventually. Mind you don't confuse The Floating Opera,
his first novel,
with A Floating Opera, a subtitle for one of his more
recent, called Once
Upon a Time (and, I'd say, least enjoyable)! ;)
I'd say go straight for Sot-Weed and Giles, in that order.
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