Coming Soon!!! (Paperback)

Author: Barth, John

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In this novelistic romp that is by turns hilarious and brilliant, John Barth spoofs his own place in the pantheon of contemporary fiction and the generation of writers who have followed his literary trailblazing. Coming Soon!!! is the tale of two writers: an older, retiring novelist setting out to write his last work and a young, aspiring writer of hypertext intent on toppling his master. In the heat of their rivalry, the writers navigate, and sometimes stumble over, the cultural fault lines between print and electronic fiction, mentor and mentee, postmodernism and modernism.


Publisher Lightning Source Inc
Mfg Part# 9780618257300
SKU 30990370
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0618257306
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 1T
Author Info
John Barth
Born in Maryland, Barth has set much of his fiction on the Eastern shore. His volume of short fiction, CHIMERA, which combines classic tales with modern psychological insight, won the National Book Award in 1972. Later in life, he taught at John Hopkins University.
"Although COMING SOON!!! didn't make it in time for Y2K, Barth has tried hard to capture the moment by imitating the devices of Internet fiction, offering point-and-click buttons and hotlinked words. But this feels like a fruitless gimmick, since otherwise the pagebound story proceeds in a pretty straightforward way....His hyperintellectual regard for his earlier books seems fetishistic, and what lax attention he directs to the real world is warped by this literary narcissism."
"[U]nderneath all the capering, Barth's tackling all the big themes here, so many in fact that an overstuffed reader might wish he'd left a couple over for next time. In addition to, natch, itself, COMING SOON!!! is about every imaginable kind of death: of the author, of the novel, even of the last millennium....Whenever the whole enterprise threaten to capsize under its cuteness, Barth's good old-fashioned expressive powers usually bail him out. To read this lifelong sailor as he describes the simple pleasure of mooring a cutter amid the evensong of waves and waterfowl, is to remember that Picasso, before he invented Cubism, was one hell of a draftsman."
"The plot of COMING SOON!!! is a typical and irritating example...of the stories-within-stories-within-stories fictional format that Barth so ardently loves....Perhaps instead of attempting to slog through COMING SOON!!!, readers should read, or re-read, Barth's extraordinary early contributions to American literature, THE FLOATING OPERA and THE END OF THE ROAD."
From the Publisher
Annotation A boat captain finds a novel by Johns "Hop" Johnson on a computer disk--a novel about John Barth, the author of this metafictional novel, set in the Johns Hopkins creative writing program--where Barth has taught.
Editors Note Two writers, a retiring novelist and an aspiring writer of hypertext, compete to create a novel of a floating opera and explore the cultural lines between print and electronic fiction, and modernism and postmoderism. Reprint.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0416
Publisher Mariner Books

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