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Every Third Thought by John Barth
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Every godsdamn Barth Book.

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I've read them all. Beginning back in 1996 with On With the Story followed ten years later by the discovery of The Sot-Weed Factor and the rest is now History.

Pending Completionism in 2013 :: Alexander Theroux (2 remaining); William Gaddis (one); David Foster Wallace (really only the rap book outstanding). 2014 will doubtless see more Completionism.

Meanwhile, about the magic of story telling with Barth der Erzähler, I highly recommend Friend Paul's review of the present volume, found HERE. And for the Twin Census of Barthiana, see my review of The Tidewater Tales HERE.
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Reading Progress

September 18, 2012 – Shelved
September 18, 2012 – Shelved as: john-barth-completioniziert
May 18, 2013 – Started Reading
May 19, 2013 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Darwin8u (last edited May 19, 2013 10:38PM) (new) - added it

Darwin8u I enjoy the image of Barth's novels laying harum-scarum on an adirondack chair. I'm always conflicted, however, about reckless pictures of Completionism.

I imagine -- by finishing DFW/Barth/Gaddis -- jumping feet first into a void the authors' own parents, kids, or spouses haven't attempted yet. Somewhere there is a relative of Barth crying because another devout stranger has payed a bigger tribute to John than he/she did ... because GODDAMMIT she/he still can't get through Tidewater Tales, etc.


message 2: by Fionnuala (last edited May 20, 2013 12:35AM) (new)

Fionnuala I like this carefully built, and no doubt long in the construction, Barth memorial - it's like Michaelangelo's tomb for Julius II - free standing, multi-tiered with upright supports - and his took forty years to complete - plus, if we knock on this one, not Moses but Barth may speak.
I have only a single foundation stone in my Barth memorial but oddly, it's the one used on the pinnacle here so perhaps I'll build from the top down and defy logic..


message 3: by MJ (new)

MJ Nicholls My umblest congratulations.


Nathan "N.R." Gaddis MJ wrote: "My umblest congratulations."

My umblest munchy thanks.

Fionnuala wrote: "I'll build from the top down and defy logic.. "

This sounds like a very reasonable plan. [but you can hold off on the Friday books for some while; also, other precautions, warnings, caveats, etcetera]

Rob wrote: "I'm always conflicted, however, about reckless pictures of Completionism. "

By reckless do you mean poorly composed? And, yes, I've read more of Jack's books than has Jack's mom.


message 5: by Darwin8u (new) - added it

Darwin8u I don't know Jack.


message 6: by Ed (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ed Heinzelman Barth has been a favorite of mine since the late 1960s. I read 'Every Third Thought' today for the second time...and decided that my fall reading will include re-reading all of Barth oldest to newest.


Nathan "N.R." Gaddis Ed wrote: "Barth has been a favorite of mine since the late 1960s. I read 'Every Third Thought' today for the second time...and decided that my fall reading will include re-reading all of Barth oldest to newest."

That sounds pretty sweet!

I don't know if you read the secondary lit but if so you might enjoy the volume Dalkey put out a few years back :: John Barth: A Body of Words. As a barthanista I found it charming.


message 8: by Ed (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ed Heinzelman Thanks...I haven't seen that book...I will take it up after my revisit is complete!!


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