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چرا اپرای شناور؟
این عنوان بخشی از نام قایقی تفریحی است که در گذشته در بخش های مدخیز آب های ویرجینیا و مریلند رفت و آمد می کرد... و بخشی از ماجراهای این کتاب بر عرشه ی همین قایق رخ می دهد. همین می تواند وجه تسمیه ی مناسبی باشد. اما دلیل بهتری هم وجود دارد. ساختن قایقی تفریحی با عرشه ی مسطح و باز و اجرای مداوم یک نمایش بر روی این عرشه به نظرم همیشه فکر بکری بود. قایق هرگز در
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Paperback, 319 pages
Published 2008 by انتشارات ققنوس (first published 1956)
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Samadrita
2.5/5

The last ten days have been a most trying time for me in more ways than one. For at least a full 48 hours, I had to watch my heavily medicated six-month old kitten curl up into a ball of deep, dark agony, take short, shallow breaths, and teeter close to the precipice of life. That I am now able to think coherently enough to summon words to document the fact of a crisis averted so narrowly is a privilege. I am thankful for it. And now that she is well on her way to recovery from a near fatal
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Ian Grayejoy
Whether to Exit if Not Entranced? That is the Question

Time is a river. And all the world's a stage...in this case, on a steamboat, a showboat, no less, plying up and down the river.

Life itself is an entertainment, a comedy, a circus, a play, an opera performed on this floating stage, hence a floating opera.

To top it off (so to speak), all men and women are merely players in their own shows, although they might also be spectators in the shows of others. They have their exits and their entrances
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
This book was written in 1955 when the author was only 24 years old. It has a air of mystery in it because the edition I got says that it contains the complete text of the novel, including the passages deleted in the previous editions and the original and correct ending to the story which was changed as a condition of the book's first publication. I'm afraid I will never get to find out what these deleted passages were and the altered ending.

Another apt title to this novel would have been "Todd
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TK421
Jan 31, 2012 TK421 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
Some books give answers, others cause questions. John Barth’s novel, THE FLOATING OPERA, does both. Told in the first person, with times of direct conversation with the reader, this piece of meta-fiction is pure enjoyment. The novel tells of the morning when Todd Andrews awakens and has decided that suicide is the answer he’s looking for. But since he tells the story, the reader instantly knows Todd never goes through with his wicked plan. Why? The answer lies within the novel, but don’t get you ...more
Stela
Mar 16, 2016 Stela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was eighteen, I think, when I first read Camus’s Myth of Sisyphus and I remember even now the long debate I had with my friends around the allegation (that I loosely translate as follows) “To commit suicide is to acknowledge that life is not worth living.” Well, it was weird in a nostalgic way to hear some of our arguments (especially the question whether there is really a meaning of life) rephrased by Todd Andrews, the main character of John Barth’s Floating Opera. Although not-so-weird consi ...more
Miss Ravi
Dec 18, 2015 Miss Ravi rated it really liked it
این کتاب بیش از هر چیزی مواجهه با پوچی است. اما راوی و یا نویسنده به شیوهای جذاب خواننده را با این موضوع روبهرو میکند که توی دنیا هیچ چیزی ارزش ذاتی ندارد. نه اینکه گمان کنید این کتاب قرار است کلاس فلسفه باشد! در واقع داستانگویی بخش مهم دیگری از اپرای شناور است و راوی آنقدر در این امر تردست و ماهر است که نمیفهمید کتاب سیصد صفحهایتان کی تمام شد.
پست مدرن بودن کتاب و استعاری بودن عنوانش حتا روزنهی دیگری است برای فکر کردن بیشتر خواننده و فرورفتن در سوالات بیشماری دربارهی هستیِ خودش.
شاید بیراه نباش
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Mircalla64 (free Liu Xiaobo)
la prosa galleggiante

Todd è un tipo un po' strano
che un giorno prende una decisione
qui ci racconta di quel giorno
quello in cui, se avesse dato seguito alla sua decisione,
si sarebbe suicidato
la storia si srotola davanti agli occhi del lettore
è tutta racchiusa in una giornata:
epocale, ma allo stesso tempo
una giornata qualunque per Todd e per i suoi amici

la prosa è lieve e contorta insieme
le divagazioni sono parte del suo fascino
e leggere significa accettare implicitamente di entrare nel circo gall
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Steve mitchell
This may become a new favorite, the writing is my kind of humor.

How can a book about a fella who decides to off himself be funny or humorous you ask?

Great question my friend, try this out from the second page:

To carry the "meandering stream" conceit a bit further, if I may: it has always seemed to me, in the novels that I've read now and then, that those authors are asking a great deal of their readers who start their stories furiously, in the middle of things, rather than backing or sidling slo
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Teresa
May 25, 2015 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-usa, l-1001bymrbyd
Se eu tivesse de escolher apenas uma palavra para definir este livro seria: Incómodo!

Todd é advogado. Habita num hotel e todos os dias paga a estadia, porque tem consciência que cada dia pode ser o último; é um homem com várias doenças que o podem matar a qualquer momento.
Apesar da sua “condenação” à morte, Todd é um suicida potencial e, enquanto planeia a sua morte, vai-nos contando, com muito humor, a sua estranha vida:
A aventura amorosa entre ele e uma mulher casada, incentivada pelo marido d
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Vit Babenco
Feb 07, 2015 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Harrison – a fine, muscular, sun-bronzed, gentle-eyed, patrician-nosed, steak-fed, Gilman Schooled, soft-spoken, well-tailored aristocrat – to his family's understandable alarm was a communist at the time. Not a parlor communist, either: an out-and-out leaflet-writing revolutionary who had sold his speedboat, his Stutz automobile, and God knows what else, to live on when his father disinherited him.”
As there are existential novels there should be anti-existential novels and The Floating Opera i
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Haman
Oct 16, 2014 Haman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: world-novel
رماني بسيار فني و سنتشکن که فاصله دو نقطه از زندگي قهرمانش را روايت ميکند، يعني از زماني که قهرمان اثر تصميم به خودکشي ميگيرد تا هنگامي که منصرف ميشود. اما انتخاب زندگي از جانب اين قهرمان نشانه شادي و نشاط نيست. در دنيايي که "بارت" در دهههاي ميانه قرن بيستم آمريکا ميشناسد، آنچه باعث انصراف از خودکشي ميشود، نه زندگي، که پوچي مرگ است. ...more
Sandra
Jan 03, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa
Faccio una premessa: commentare questo libro è molto difficile, qualunque cosa scriverò se ne potrebbero scrivere migliaia di altre, quindi sempre una visione incompleta ne darò, per cui consiglio di leggerlo per chi ne fosse incuriosito. Per leggerlo sappiate che occorre armarsi di molta pazienza.
Avrei potuto liquidarlo con due parole: a me della vita dell’avvocato Todd Andrews non me ne frega niente, Todd Andrews e la cricca dei suoi amici mi stanno tutti sulle scatole, non ho provato un brici
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Nicole
Excellent. He tells you life is a floating opera, stacks the book's chronology so that it is just so, and you love him for it. Heretical as it may be to say this, I enjoyed this one much more than the Sot Weed Factor.
Elnaz
Mar 27, 2014 Elnaz rated it it was ok
Shelves: my-reviews
تاد اندروز شخصیت اصلی و راوی داستان اپرای شناور
وکیلی موفق که بدنبال تصمیمش برای خودکشی تصمیم به تصویر کشیدن زندگی خود از سالهای دور می پردازد....او تلاش میکند بی ارزشی دنیا و رابطه جنسی را نشان دهد ... وارد مثلث عشقی می شود که بین هریسون ( دوست صمیمی) جین ( همسر هریسون) و خود وی اتفاق افتاده است
رابطه ای که به میل هر سه بوده و در نهایت به پوچی می رسد که از ابتدا انتظار انرا می کشید

تاد انروز از روایت جزییات پرونده هایی که وکالت انها را به عهده گرفته استفاده میکند تالایه های پنهان زندگی انسان هایی
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James
Apr 06, 2012 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-read
Just as I was getting a tad tired of the quaint politics, along comes the most exquisite description of flatulence I have ever read:

“‘Oh, excuse me!’ she gasped, and blushed, and fled. But ah, the fart hung heavy in the humid air, long past the lady’s flight. It hung, it lolled, it wisped; it miscegenated with the smoke of my cigar, caressed the beading oil on the skin of my nose, lay obscenely on the flat of my desk, among my briefs of papers. It was everywhere, but I had learned, even then, to
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Delara Hazegh f
خوشحالم كه اين كتاب رو خوندم. وقتى تموم شد احساس خوبى داشتم و در حين خوندنش خيلى لبخند روى لبم ميومد! :)
اوايل يكم روندش كنده ولى بعدش جذاب ميشه. شيوه ى روايتش جالبه.
Andrew
This really is quite a different Barth to the Barth I know and love from Giles Goat-Boy and Lost in the Funhouse. One a bit more in line with the chilly, existentialist-influenced American writers of the era, Cheever, Walker Percy, etc., albeit with a nod towards his future works. And yet this is an optimistic novel, and I don't mean that in an optimistic-even-though-shit-is-awful way, I mean a genuinely optimistic novel, of the sort I don't read often.
pierlapo  quimby
Allora, intendiamoci: Barth è bravo, ha una bella penna, buone intuizioni, non è affatto scontato...
Ma della vita e delle opinioni di Todd Andrews non me ne è fregato nulla dalla prima all'ultima pagina.
E poi questo voler abbattere le barriere tra scrittura e lettura non mi ha mai convinto. Mettiamo bene in chiaro una cosa: tu sei di là a scrivere, io me ne resto qua a leggere, e così che la vedo io, non siamo amici, non ci conosciamo nemmeno e mi sta benissimo così, non voglio che mi si dia del
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Lurker
Jun 27, 2015 Lurker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خوب! خوشمزه... بعد از "اگر شبی از شبهای زمستان مسافری" کالوینو، دومین رمان عجیب غریبی بود که خوندم.
Noustian
Apr 15, 2016 Noustian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
John Barth's first novel. I read the version with the author's original ending. The main theme: the protagonist's suicide project is well thought out, there is a solid philosophy behind it and it leads logically to what happens in the end. This kept me going. The whole "ménage à trois" part is quite naive, everything happens out of nowhere, no real motivations and the whole adventure lacks substance that would excuse its presence in the book. But it is OK, considering the writer's young age and ...more
Judy
Nov 22, 2010 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Serious readers

The first novel by one of America's most influential post-modern novelists. I was excited and wary about beginning to read this author. No problem; it wasn't a difficult read. I liked it. Of course, his meta-fictional stuff comes later, but even in The Floating Opera there are elements of that style, such as the first person narrator making frequent references to his writing process.

(A note on the copyright date: Barth first published the book in 1957, making changes suggested by the publisher
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Pardis Parto
Jul 27, 2013 Pardis Parto rated it really liked it
Recommended to Pardis by: Shahab Mobasheri
برای صبحانه سه بیسکویت مخلوط مریلند را به شما توصیه میکنم، با آب. درست مثل وجدان بشر سفت و سخت و مثل چوب خشک است، و تا ساعتها مثل وزنه تعادل بر ستون ظریف کشتی در شکم آدم آویزان میماند. این بیسکویت ها ارزان هستند و در جیب آدم خرد نمیشوند، و اگر فراموششان کنید و در داخل جیبتان بیات و مانده شوند، در مقایسه با زمانی که تازه اند نه سفت تر میشوند و نه مزه خودشان را از دست میدهند. مهمتر اینکه اگر صبح ها پیش از هر چیز از این بیسکویت ها بخورید و رویش هم یک نخ سیگار بکشید، انگار آتش بگیرید، سخت تشنه میشوی ...more
Kristel
Post modernism literature. This I believe is the author's first book, written in 1955 and published 1956 or 1957. I find discrepancy on publication date. Written when the author was 24. It is a first person reminiscence of the day that the protagonist Todd Andrews decides to commit suicide. It is a story of one day in Todd's life when he is 27. He tells us right away in the beginning that he doesn't really off himself. He rambles on about building boats, love triangles, lawsuits, Hamlet's indeci ...more
Andrea
Jun 30, 2014 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Todd Andrews does not tell it right. At the end of reading, after listening to ad lib claims of absolute non-commitment, I understand that the protagonist is absolutely committed, just does not want to show the truth to himself, in the first place.

The "unreliable narrator" is a thing that always fascinates me. In real life, people are never entirely reliable, they are reserved, they are bashful, or, as in this case, they are not honest with themselves. The reader has to grasp the truth between
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Jacob
Jan 11, 2012 Jacob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a gentle monster is the hero of Mr. Barth's first novel; strangely sympathetic, yet ever elusive, as is the point of the book. Or one of the points, anyway. To enjoy an entire chapter on the byzantine procedural duel of a court case with no practical effect may be the unique taste of this reviewer, but I defy any reader not to laugh out loud at the many instances of human absurdity in this tale. From aimless piano tunings of its opening chapter, to the explosive finale on the eponymous floa ...more
Pip
I began by thinking, here we go again, another self indulgent mid-century American male musing about his sex life and the meaning of everything, but this was rather more off-beat and mildly amusing than expected. The floating opera of the title was a showboat that plied the harbours of Maryland, with a variety show of dubious taste. It was meant as an allegory for the way people come into and out of one's life. It is as if the show floats past and one gets a glimpse of the life of others before ...more
Kelly O'Dowd
Jan 01, 2015 Kelly O'Dowd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(granted this is not the version I read, but since i didn't read the other half of the book yet, well...)

"Ah, me. Everything, I'm afraid, is significant, and nothing is finally important."

"Cowardice involves choice, but fear is independent of choice."

"So, reader, should you ever find yourself writing about the world, take care not to nibble at the many tempting symbols she sets squarely in your path, or you'll be baited into saying things you don't really mean, and offending the people you want
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Anirban
Mar 12, 2014 Anirban rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is as grand as narratives can get! John Barth, a writer hitherto unknown to me has knocked me out and put me on my knees begging for more. In a span of about 250 pages, he confers on us the life of Todd Andrews, a rather ribald intellectual who has the ignominy of knowing that every second he lives might be his last, courtesy a frail heart. And so he lives, biding his time until a suicide by a loved one devastates him and he struggles hard to find a meaning in life. Ideas and conclusions hi ...more
Sahar Goudarzi
Jan 22, 2016 Sahar Goudarzi rated it it was amazing
تاد اندورز، راوی داستان، بیمار است و به زودی مرگش فرا می رسد، برایش مهم نیست یا شاید نقاب بی تفاوتی بر چهره دارد. از همان ابتدای داستان تصمیم به خودکشی می گیرد و ما را مهمان وقایع زندگی اش می کندو ما لایه به لایه با تاد آشنا می شویم. تادی که خودکشی پدرش بزرگترین علامت سوال زندگی اش بود با وجود این که زندگی برایش بی ارزش بود ، خودکشی به علت بدهکاری برایش غیر قابل درک بود. شاید در ابتدا به نظر برسد با رمانی بی نظم و انسجام روبرو هستیم اما در پایان میبینیم چقدر این بی نظمی منسجم است و فصل ها درست د ...more
Pat
Mar 08, 2015 Pat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho letto accelerando (per quanto possibile) l’attività cerebrale perché mi chiedevi di capire rapidamente “ora” - che in quel preciso istante era ormai un inesorabile “allora” - dato che forse non saresti vissuto sino alla fine del capitolo. Allo stesso modo avrei potuto avere lo stesso destino io, no? Mica poco, Barth. Furbacchione. E in fondo, perché prendermi tanto disturbo nel rincorrere i tuoi virtuosismi postmoderni? Lo hai detto tu, o meglio, lo ha detto Todd: “Questa è l’enorme domanda, ...more
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John Simmons Barth is an American novelist and short-story writer, known for the postmodernist and metafictive quality of his work.

John Barth was born in Cambridge, Maryland, and briefly studied "Elementary Theory and Advanced Orchestration" at Juilliard before attending Johns Hopkins University, receiving a B.A. in 1951 and an M.A. in 1952 (for which he wrote a thesis novel, The Shirt of Nessus).
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