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The Sot-Weed Factor by John Barth
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A sprawling and sarcastic tale about the founding of Maryland and the Colonies in general, The Sot-Weed Factor was hilarious in most parts, heart-wrenching in others, and endlessly frustrating in the foolish choices Barth has his characters make. The prose is written in a facsimile of colonial speech patterns which does take some getting used to, but once you gather the rhythms of the speech patterns it actually becomes quite enjoyable. I wouldn't recommend this book to everybody, but for people with lots of patience and a sarcastic and biting wit I would say that The Sot-Weed Factor might be worth a try. I'm certainly glad that I did.
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