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The floating opera. by John Barth

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Published by Doubleday in Garden City, N.Y .
Written in

Book details:

LC ClassificationsPZ4.B284 Fl4
The Physical Object
Pagination252 p.
Number of Pages252
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL16408456M

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Thrice nominated for the National Book Award―The Floating Opera, Lost in the Funhouse, and Chimera, which won in ―Barth has received the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement by: The Floating Opera and The End of The Road are John Barth's first two novels repackaged in one volume. Both novels are about a love triangle and the contemplation of suicide. The Floating Opera is set in the early s and is a novel-length explanation of why the narrator decided to kill himself one day in and the events that changed his 4/5. Other articles where The Floating Opera is discussed: American literature: Realism and metafiction: In fact, Barth’s earliest fiction, The Floating Opera () and The End of the Road (), fell partly within the realistic tradition, but in later, more-ambitious works he simultaneously imitated and parodied conventional forms—the historical novel in The Sot-Weed Factor . The Floating Opera is a philosophical novel in the existentialist genre – meaning that its main concerns are the problems of how to justify and be ok with one’s existence. In order to complete his thinking on this subject, Barth followed it up with The End of the Road, a companion novel on the same themes that is much more tragic and.

The Floating Opera is not only the name of Todd’s account of that day but also an important part of the narrative and a metaphor for the organization of the book. Todd imagines a kind of. Free download or read online The Floating Opera and The End of the Road pdf (ePUB) book. The first edition of the novel was published in , and was written by John Barth. The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of pages and is available in Paperback format. The main characters of this fiction, literature story are,.4/5. "This edition presents for the first time the complete text of John Barth's first novel, including those passages deleted in previous editions and 'the original and correct ending to the story,' which was changed as a condition of the book's first publication. Written in , when the author was twenty-four, and nominated for the National Book Award in , The floating opera was 3/5(5).   Barth’s first novel, The Floating Opera (), was nominated for the National Book Award. The End of the Road () was also critically praised. In , The Sot-Weed Factor —a comic historical novel—established Barth’s reputation.3/5(2).

  Written when John Barth was 24 years old, The Floating Opera is his first novel, published in It is a first-person reminiscence of the day Todd Andrews decided to commit suicide. Having picked up some sense of the French Existentialist writers from the postwar Zeitgeist, this novel questions life's value through the eyes of a year-old : Dalkey Archive Press.   The Floating Opera is of course the title, but it’s in reference to a riverboat which floats down a river and puts on shows. In the novel itself, the Floating Opera shows up towards the end, when Todd half-heartedly tries to kill himself.   While The Floating Opera is funny and rather light, The End of the Road is black comedy of the highest order, and in my opinion at least, it is the far superior book. I think it showcases Barth's genius in marvelous ways, with characterization and Pages: Written in , when the author was twenty-four, and nominated for the National Book Award in , The floating opera was compared by its first critics to Tristram Shandy, Candide, Celine and Camus. But it has become increasingly clear--particularly now in its restored and intended design--that it is, rather, peculiarly Barth, a part of the.