5 edition of The floating opera found in the catalog.
The floating opera
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|Pagination||272 p. ;|
|Number of Pages||272|
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The Floating Opera is my second Barth novel after reading The End of the Road, reversing the order of these 'twin' works. The themes and even personal dynamics between main characters are very similar between these two books, but somehow I feel that Opera is the one with more mature and human philosophizing, and more natural, less pretentious /5.
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 was John Barth's debut novel, and as such it stands up well.
Narrated in the first person by a stunted, self-dramatizing middle-aged lawyer who seems not to have left high-school-level existentialist philosophizing behind, it is both a character study and a rather meticulous portrait of life in a mid-sized Eastern Shore town in the s/5(12).
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.
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.