Moving slowly through the books published in 1966 in 1001 Books To Read... my next novel is John Barth's Giles Goat-Boy. An enigmatic title alright! Barth is described as having "comic genius" as he tells the tale of Billy Bockbuss "saved as a baby from the belly of a super-computer and raised at the teat of a goat."
Born in the USA in 1930 and now aged 83, John "Jack" Barth's first book in 1956 was The Floating Opera which was a National Book Award finalist, followed by The End of the Road (1958) and The Sot-Weed Factor (1960) which marked his discovery of Postmodernism.
In Giles Goat-Boy, a lengthy novel, the protagonist carries out all the tasks described by the mythologist Joseph Campbell in his non-fictional work The Hero With a Thousand Faces. In this book Campbell explores the theory that myths over thousands of years follow a basic structure. Amongst many other artists, the director George Lucas's debt to this book in influencing his Star Wars films is well documented.