Forget about all my negativity on Tuesday about The Sot Weed Factor. Yes, the Old English style is tiring. Yes, it’s wordy and archaic.
And, yes, that’s the point. It is satire, after all. I think I’m starting to grasp a little of what Barth is trying to do with this novel. Part of his satirical brilliance is illustrated in the form of the chapter titles.
We all know that no self-respecting literary-minded novelist uses chapter titles, right? If anything, they simply enumerate the chapters and nothing else, right?
Wrong! Not John Barth, at least.
Not only does John Barth use chapter titles, he uses extremely wordy chapter titles that pretty much say everything.
Tell me if these aren’t the best chapter titles you’ve ever read.
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