The Floating Opera and The End of the Road

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Anchor Press, 1988 - Fiction - 442 pages
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The Floating Opera and The End Of The Road are John Barth's first two novels.  Their relationship to each other is evident not only in their ribald subject matter but in the eccentric characters and bitterly humorous tone of the narratives.  Both concern strange, consuming love triangles and the destructive effect of an overactive intellect on the emotions.  Separately they give two very different views of a universal human drama.

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Review: The Floating Opera and The End of the Road

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I just ran out of steam with this and never really got into it. It seems incredibly dated. I really don't know why I picked it up. It must have been a follow on from a sidetrack of trying to follow Calvino. I just didn't get it and found the writing style dull, dated and over-stylised. Read full review

Review: The Floating Opera and The End of the Road

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This is what happens if you mix Robert Rimmer with John Irving and add a dash of Sartre. That is all. Read full review

Contents

Tuning my piano
1
The Dorchester Explorers Club
9
HI Coitus
19
Copyright

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About the author (1988)

John Barth taught for many years in the writing program at Johns Hopkins University, and he lives in Chestertown, Maryland.

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