The Sot-Weed Factor by John Barth

The Sot-Weed Factor

John Barth

756 pages first pub 1960 (editions)

fiction classics historical challenging funny reflective slow-paced


The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revol...

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adventurous 77%
funny 77%
challenging 66%
informative 44%
lighthearted 44%
reflective 22%
dark 11%
emotional 11%
mysterious 11%
sad 11%
tense 11%


medium 55%
slow 44%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 57% | Plot: 42%

Strong character development?

Yes: 71% | It's complicated: 28%

Loveable characters?

No: 42% | It's complicated: 28% | Yes: 28%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 50% | No: 33% | It's complicated: 16%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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