The Floating Opera and The End of the Road

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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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reissue edition (March 11, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385240899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385240895
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Customer Reviews

Five Stars

2 people found this helpful.
 on May 24, 2015
By aud
john barth lets his readers know early on that life is a floating opera.

One of the best.

 on January 31, 2016
By Kitt McComb
Complicated. Fascinating. Thought-provoking. I have adored these works since my university days in the mid-eighties. This edition is very convenient for traveling.

A Must Read

One person found this helpful.
 on October 19, 2014
By honeybunch
John Barth is a must read for anyone interested in great American literature and a rollicking good read.

Do your mind a favor — and have fun

One person found this helpful.
 on July 30, 2014
By Philippe Dambournet
The Floating Opera is nimble, surprising, and satisfying as only the work of a highly intelligent novelist could be.

Five Stars

 on March 3, 2016
By vaughan o. stewart
Great book.

He writes like the angels

 on May 14, 2014
By alvaro lacunza
Magnificent writing. Style, pace, wit. Holds your interest. And he was just 24 when he published it. I recommend it.

The best first novels of any author I have ever read

One person found this helpful.
 on January 19, 2016
By Cliff Sutherland
These two novels are Barth’s first, never published until after the success of Gile’s Goat Boy; unfortunate because these are excellent works of fiction.

Deep exploration of traingular relationships

One person found this helpful.
 on December 13, 2013
By Michael Kirkland
Excellent characterization with accurate and evocative context of the local setting. This was my introduction to an author I have unintentionally ignored.

Stunning debut.

One person found this helpful.
 on August 4, 2012
By Crank
These were the first two books that introduced me to Barth. You can get better summaries in the other reviews, But I will discuss a few notable things here. Just know that this man is definitively placed with the greatest writers of the 20th century. His prose is at times damn near perfection in my mind.

Barth 101 & 102: An Introduction to the Master

29 people found this helpful.
 on June 27, 2004
By cs211
John Barth’s first novel will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary of publication in 2006 Should this almost 50 year-old book, whose protagonist was born in 1900, still be read in the 21st century, by people who may not have even been alive when Barth wrote it? Emphatically, positively, yes!

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