The Sot-Weed Factor by John Barth

"The Sot-Weed Factor" is a satirical, picaresque novel set in the late 17th century, revolving around an innocent poet from London who is tricked into becoming a tobacco sot-weed factor in Maryland. The protagonist's misadventures, filled with mistaken identities, pirates, Native Americans, and a wide array of eccentric characters, mirror the challenges and absurdities of America's early colonial period. The narrative, rich in historical detail and parody, explores themes of identity, truth, and the nature of reality.

The 824th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 422

Since this book was first published in 1960, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 422.0.

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