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by John Barth

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John Barth
Bantam Books (1978)
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A Bantam Book, published by arrangement with Doubleday & Company, Inc. PRINTING HISTORY. The Floating Opera was originally published by. Appleton Century Crofts, In. in 1956. This book may not be reproduced in whole or in part, by.

Home John Barth The Floating Opera. The floating opera, . For one thing, it made me appear mysterious, standing aloof in a bay window, smoking a cigarette with an air of quiet wisdom while all around me the party screamed and giggled. Some quite pleasant people, Harrison Mack among them, reasoned that I must have answers that they lacked, and sought me out; women thought me charmingly shy, and sometimes stopped at nothing to penetrate the disdainful shell of my fear, as one of their number put it. I opened my eyes and bottle, then, and took a good pull, shook all over from head to toe, and looked at my room.

The Floating Opera is a novel by American writer John Barth, first published in 1956 and significantly revised in 1967.

The Floating Opera book. The Floating Opera is a 1956 novel by the American writer John Barth. It chronicles one day in the life of Todd Andrews, a day on which he makes a very important decision

The Floating Opera book. The Floating Opera is a 1956 novel by the American writer John. It chronicles one day in the life of Todd Andrews, a day on which he makes a very important decision. It was Barth's first novel.

Why The floating opera? Well, that's part of the name of a showboat that used to travel around the Virginia and Maryland tidewater areas, and some of this book happens aboard i. .It always seemed a fine idea to me to build a showboat with just one big flat open deck on it, and to keep a play going continuously. The boat wouldn't be moored, but would drift up and down the river on the tide, and the audience would sit along both banks. They could catch whatever part of plot happened to unfold as the boat floated past, and then they'd have to wait until the tide ran back.

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THE FLOATING OPERA A Bantam Book, published by arrangement with Doubleday & Company, Inc. PRINTING HISTORY The Floating Opera was originally published by Appleton Century Crofts, In.

All of the characters in this book are fictitious, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. This low-priced Bantam Book has been completely reset in a type face designed for easy reading, and was printed from new plates. THE FLOATING OPERA A Bantam Book, published by arrangement with Doubleday & Company, Inc.

  • John Barth's first novel will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary of publication in 2006 (I read the 1967 revised edition, which Barth rewrote primarily, he says, to restore his original ending). 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!
    The Floating Opera serves as an excellent introduction to the body of work of one of the 20th century's greatest writers (time will tell), and also stands on its own as an engrossing, amusing, thought-provoking tale. It establishes many of Barth's common themes and settings: the flawed, cynical (yet also fun-loving) protagonist; impossible quests; the absurdities of society's structures and laws; philosophy and morality; coastal Maryland and boating on the Chesapeake. Barth's later works are longer and much more intricate, so TFO is very much like Beethoven's first symphony: a simpler work than his later masterpieces, but which still shows definite signs of genius, originality, and timelessness.
    The storyline, like Barth's other works, is quirky and highly original. It describes the lead-up to an event that, because of the way the book was written (in the first person), the reader knows cannot have taken place. Barth openly explains the disjointed nature of the book's structure (which is just one way that the floating opera of the title is important to the story), and everything holds together in the end.
    TFO's protagonist, Todd Andrews, is a lawyer who has developed a detached, cynical view of the world. His mentality is perfect for his profession, and he wins his cases by crafting intricate technical loopholes that reduce his cases to absurdities. Thirty-five years before the Johnnie Cochran's poetic words in the O.J. Simpson trial, Barth prophetically describes a similar situation of the "bon mot" winning out over the "mot juste". But this is just one of the amusing vignettes in TFO. Barth also describes the challenges of an open love triangle, different ways to approach old age and death, the drawbacks of various outlooks on life, and an intense father-son relationship. Comic relief is never too far away, especially when the various crusty old men in the book are speaking.
    How to rate TFO? On the Barth scale, it is not his greatest masterpiece, so you'd have to give it less than 5 stars. But on the scale of all works and all authors, it definitely deserves a 5 star rating.

  • Book in fabulous shape. A classic. Packed well delivered promptly.

  • This is a profound, unpretentious novel that portrays much of what was going on in the 1950s. (Yes, I know, the novel's dramatic presence is 1937, but the critical values explored reveal philosophical currents and undercurrents in the 1950s.

  • The book I received did not have the cover illustration image shown on the left which is part of the reason I had made the purchase. I had read the book earlier and enjoyed it but had lost my copy. I wanted to own the book to have the illustration. So my dissatisfaction is with the false advertising of the product by showing the wrong cover in the promotion.

  • 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 1930s.

    In it, Todd Andrews, the narrator, describes the circumstances surrounding his decision to commit suicide on June 21 or 22 (he can't remember which), 1937, but since he admits at the start that he is writing in 1954 we know he didn't follow through.

    The narrative includes a rather weird relationship with the wife of a friend, a couple of fairly nonsensical court cases and the "floating opera" of the title, which is a kind of showboat and figures prominently in the story's climax (or at least Barth's original climax, which is the one I read: the book was first published with an alternate ending the publisher insisted on, one that reduces Andrews' creepiness factor by several levels). The rather disjointed, sometimes-rambling though rarely dull narrative prefigures Barth's future explorations with postmodernist stylings but here are fairly tame and traditional.

    Not a bad read if not a great one either.

  • In THE FLOATING OPERA, Todd Andrews, Barth's droll and articulate narrator, examines why he did not commit suicide on June 21st or 22nd, 1937. Poor Todd, wonderfully upbeat and funny in most of this narrative, is a damaged soul who has never overcome boyhood trauma, violence in battle, his aloof father's suicide, and his own physical disabilities, which Todd thinks rob him of a future. Todd, isolated emotionally by these experiences and conditions, maintains friendships only with the senescent occupants of his residential hotel and with Harrison and Jane Mack, a wanton pair who want Todd's friendship only if it is without demands. In the end, the pressures of this trauma and emotional aridity point Todd toward an act of shocking nihilism, which Barth's original editors suppressed. Artists get to choose and all that... but in light of recent events, I can see what they were thinking.

    This is my second reading of TFO. In general, my memories of any books read in 1975 are hazy. But I did remember the moment in his hotel when Todd Andrews snaps. This is certainly a tribute to Barth, who memorably communicates Todd's moment of sad and surprising meltdown.

    I had forgotten, however, about the amusement that the playful Todd Andrews, a partner in a small firm, finds in the cynical and frivolous combat between lawyers. Counselors, read TFO to enjoy the inspired legal maneuverings in Morton v. Butler and as well as the hilarious legal contest for the estate of Harrison Mack Senior, who left 17 wills.

    Recommended and rounded up to five stars.