Sabbatical: A Romance

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Dalkey Archive Press, 1982 - Fiction - 366 pages
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Subtitled "a romance," Sabbatical is the story of Susan Rachel Allan Seckler, a sharp young associate professor of early American literature--part Jewish, part Gypsy, and possibly descended from Edgar Allan Poe--and her husband Fenwick Scott Key Turner, a 50-year-old ex-CIA officer currently between careers, a direct descendant of the author of "The Star Spangled Banner" and himself the author of a troublemaking book about his former employer. Seven years into their marriage, they decide to take a sabbatical, a sailboat journey on which they sum up their years together and try to make important decisions about the years ahead.True to its subtitle, the novel combines the mysterious and marvelous (unexplained disappearances, a fabled sea monster in Chesapeake Bay) with romantic love and daring adventure.Sabbatical is quintessential Barth: it involves sailing, twinship, the joy of love and literature, the sorrow of death and disaster, and a playfully complex narrative. The author has written a foreword for this new edition.
 

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Some critics have long suspected that the "meta-fiction" experimentalists (those who erect a barricade of cold, ornate literary devices between story and reader) are really the least tough-minded ... Read full review

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I read this book twenty years ago, and the premise of pulling up roots, and setting to sea with a loved companion to figure out the meaning of life struck me as quite the thing to do. I can't remember ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
6
Section 3
9
Section 4
94
Section 5
95
Section 6
100
Section 7
101
Section 8
103
Section 15
236
Section 16
239
Section 17
244
Section 18
285
Section 19
287
Section 20
313
Section 21
319
Section 22
323

Section 9
104
Section 10
118
Section 11
135
Section 12
161
Section 13
200
Section 14
201
Section 23
341
Section 24
349
Section 25
362
Section 26
364
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John Simmons Barth (born May 27, 1930) is an American novelist and short-story writer, known for the postmodernist and metafictive quality of his work.

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