The Tidewater Tales
John Barth
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Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PMBy John Barth

Tell me a story Katherine Shorter Sherritt Saga, 8 1 2 months pregnant, is a blue blooded library scientist and founding mother of the American Society for the Preservation of Storytelling Her husband Peter, 8 1 2 months nervous, is a blue collar storyteller with a penchant for brevity Sailing in the Chesapeake Bay, they tell each other tales to break the writer Tell me a story Katherine Shorter Sherritt Saga, 8 1 2 months pregnant, is a blue blooded library scientist and founding mother of the American Society for the Preservation of Storytelling Her husband Peter, 8 1 2 months nervous, is a blue collar storyteller with a penchant for brevity Sailing in the Chesapeake Bay, they tell each other tales to break the writer s block handed Peter by his Muse, to ease the weight of Katherine s pregnancy, to entertain, and to enlighten Along with their stories, we learn of the Bay itself past and present The beloved Chesapeake, where young Peter once indulged his Huck Finn fantasy, is in danger of becoming what he dubs a moral cesspool where nature is in a losing struggle with man where the hallowed Deniston School for Girls is being pressured by the CIA to sell land to the Soviet embassy and where the old Saga homestead might or might not be the newest espionage station on the shoreline.
  • Title: The Tidewater Tales
  • Author: John Barth
  • ISBN: 9780801855566
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Paperback

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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
Show, don t tell But what if you are a story teller And are there not better media for showing What does this little mantra, or such nuggets as Write what you know was it McElroy or Barthelme who said Write what you don t know , prescribe May I suggest that it prescribes only a single narrow possibility of narrative construction, and perhaps even prescribes a non narrative, painterly novel writing that when narrative comes along we no longer in fact show but we tell tell tell Tell me a story The [...]
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Philipp Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
Hey, tearing a book apart is fun This book is alluring, clever and full of sophistication And it s a horrible book The pretext of Tide water tales is that reading the right books makes the difference between good and bad, beautiful and ugly, worthy and unworthy people And don t get me wrong, I am all for reading books, I love reading But lightning shall strike me the day I sniff at people because they don t read the right books or do not read at all.In this waste of paper and ink, the right book [...]
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Vit Babenco Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
Tidewater Tales is John Barth s nautical novel but his ship sails so slow as though there is a dead calm There are two bombs aboard Much gets discussed, and little or nothing gets done, with excellent reason The twin bombs don t go off and the passengers and crew go home and eat and drink and breathe some Over the years, they get cancers and have heart attacks and give birth to defective children The author s voyage is a kind of quixotic journey and when two souls are lost in the sea this pheno [...]
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Marc Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
This is a strange one Simultaneously loose and tight in structure, it works as a sort of sequel to Barth s previous novel Sabbatical A Romance But where that one gets surprisingly tense and dark in places, this is a much leisurely told story, with side trips into what reads like outtakes and further development of themes and stories from Lost in the Funhouse and Chimera Nothing new here, and Barth is as always a master in making new variations on previous texts It s with the sort of sequel stuf [...]
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Ben Winch Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
This was going great until about halfway, when with CIA subplot stymied it descended ever further toward the absolute epitome of what, to me, is lame in metafiction all those cardboard, cute Scheherazade and Don Quixote stories, and a neat deux ex machina resolution that felt like betrayal after so long a wait Admittedly there were warning signs the abysmal Sex Education Act I , for eg, nearly stopped me in my tracks, though I forced myself to read it imagining it might have some relevance to th [...]
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Christopher Sutch Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
Barth s most optimistic, creative, life affirming novel, a rarity in postmodern fiction One of my favorites.
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Amy Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
While this book wasn t terrible, it did make me cringe multiple times It s too clever for its own good, and the ending nearly made me crazy with all of the tidy wrapping up of characters.This is a story about literally giving birth to babies and to birthing or creating stories Kath and Peter are married, nearly 40, and expecting twins Kath is 8.5 months pregnant at the outset and every reader knows that the entire story will end once she delivers Peter is a writer that has been suffering from a [...]
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Jonathan Rimorin Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
I read this book when I was 17 I was going through a kind of a kick, from Garc a Marquez to Grass to Rushdie to Chimera and Giles Goat Boy and this I remember loving it I remember thinking that it was chock full of genuine affection and actual love I still have the copy of Tidewater Tales I had read back in 1987, but I m afraid of how yellowed its pages and emotions may have become over the intervening years I loved this book so much that I wrote a fan letter to John Barth though that was inspir [...]
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Anne Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
I used to read this book every summer while vacationing on Chincoteague Island I loved it Gradually, though, it seemed a little too precious for me, and I found myself skipping large sections I guess I outgrew it.
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Kate Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
An absolute feast of language and literary allusion.
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Mike Gilbert Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
I wavered on this book between three and four stars Its is wonderfully written perhaps the only book I have read strictly from the consciousness of a married couple And they are one of those couples who complete each others sentences, thoughts, and of course, stories The prose is fast and loose and makes you believe you are one of their inner circle as KSS and Peter less is Saga sail on Story around the Chesapeake telling tales to their unborn twins and meeting up with three of three greatest c [...]
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Jason Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
THE TIDEWATER TALES is a massive outpouring, winding and skittering like one of the many Maryland rivers contained therein Though it is high minded and virtuosic literature, it ultimately could be said to celebrate above all the simple life lived well though certainly lived in and around stories Barth is extremely self aware, and self reflexively jokes within the work about the work s status as postmodern literature Certainly when I think of postmodernity I think of such self reflexivity I also [...]
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Jeff Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
Another fun Barthian tome, telling the story of a husband wife team the husband a middle class, mildly famous writer and the wife a pregnant oral historian from an upper class background as they sail along the Chesapeake Bay to address writer s block and get away from the impending changes to be wrought by late term pregnancy As they sail, we meet their extended family and friends, engage with mysterious and unusual characters, and hear an array of stories about their lives and the political, co [...]
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Brian Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
I d have given this one six, or maybe ten stars out of 5 if possbile It s definitely not for the passive or distracted reader, and sometimes required re reading sentences or paragraphs even while paying attention I ve read a number of really good books that I ve listed here but none better.
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Elizabeth Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
I am rereading the first one hundred pages over and over trying to make some sense out of convoluted sentences and ideas I almost get it,but not clearly Names change at will, so I am not always sure who is doing what but one thing I do understand and that is the geography Thank heavens for that.
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Scott Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
Fantastic Odysseus, Scheherezade, Don Quixote all make surreal visits, the Cold War and toxicity loom overhead Wordplay on the Pynchon level, the CIA lurks around, and even a screenplay inside a vagina.
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Tara Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
5 26 12 Went to a few yardsales with mom Kristina today Got this one some others I m going to give this book a try too I m not sure if I will like it, but I ll give it a shot It sounds interesting.
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Emma Keyes Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
can you believe i ve finally finished this book long live maryland
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Joe Allen Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
Interesting ode to Chesapeake Bay but intellectually pretentious Good read but many pages to skip over.
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Dave Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
I had this on my to read shelf but I had read it Great story with great characters Fairly long and totally worth it also see the Sotweed Factor.
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Sean Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
I had high hopes with the premise of the book, but was disappointed to find a rambling book that seemed to be an experiment in writing.
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Walter Straus Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
Too tedious for me At risk of being called a chauvinist, it is a book best for females.
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Lynne Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
I finally put this book down with 450 pages read and 200 left, which is not something I ever do It definitely lost its way somewhere.
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Tony Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
Started this ten years ago still reading
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Lysergius Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
A follow on from Sabbatical Excellent.
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Sherelyn Ernst Apr 04, 2020 - 12:50 PM
I quit this ages ago but am tired of its showing up as current I did not like it and did not finish it.
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The Tidewater Tales By John Barth Tell me a story Katherine Shorter Sherritt Saga, 8 1 2 months pregnant, is a blue blooded library scientist and founding mother of the American Society for the Preservation of Storytelling Her husband Peter, 8 1 2 months nervous, is a blue collar storyteller with a penchant for brevity Sailing in the Chesapeake Bay, they tell each other tales to break the writer Tell me a story Katherine Shorter Sherritt Saga, 8 1 2 months pregnant, is a blue blooded library scientist and founding mother of the American Society for the Preservation of Storytelling Her husband Peter, 8 1 2 months nervous, is a blue collar storyteller with a penchant for brevity Sailing in the Chesapeake Bay, they tell each other tales to break the writer s block handed Peter by his Muse, to ease the weight of Katherine s pregnancy, to entertain, and to enlighten Along with their stories, we learn of the Bay itself past and present The beloved Chesapeake, where young Peter once indulged his Huck Finn fantasy, is in danger of becoming what he dubs a moral cesspool where nature is in a losing struggle with man where the hallowed Deniston School for Girls is being pressured by the CIA to sell land to the Soviet embassy and where the old Saga homestead might or might not be the newest espionage station on the shoreline.

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