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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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Ian Heidin-Seek
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
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
Fewlas
Feb 12, 2014 Fewlas rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Fewlas by: Gabriele
Shelves: americana
Quando lessi per la prima volta Kundera mi stupii di come spesso egli se ne fregasse della distanza che ci divideva e di come mi parlasse in un modo estremamente intimo. È un po’ tardi quindi, almeno per me, chiedermi se questo tipo di confidenza mi dia fastidio o meno. Dopotutto, suvvia, tra gli autori che sperimentano e che per questo passano alla storia come autori autoreferenziali, Kundera è forse quello più tacciato di autocompiacimento. E a me piace un sacco, quindi figuriamoci se mi metto ...more
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
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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Sandra
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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James
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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Vit Babenco
“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
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.
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.
Elnaz
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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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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Noustian
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
Andrea
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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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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Jacob
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
Kelly O'Dowd
(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
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
Miguel Jiménez
Sí, puede que mis pocas lecturas no me ayudaran a entender este libro. Posiblemente. Pero bueno, expongo las sensaciones que me dejó el leer esta obra.

Cuando deseas que se acabe(no acabar) un libro algo anda mal. Me encontré ante un libro insoportable, de los aburridos que en un momento ya no sé ni lo que están diciendo y me pregunto no solo «¿Cómo se puede publicar eso?», sino «¿Cómo una persona puede escribir tanta paja innecesaria y sin mucho aporte?». Tenía un tiempo que no me encontraba ant
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Suzanne
3.5 stars. But I may be basing that on a comparison with Barth's other books, not other books in general, which hardly seems fair, but there it is . . . Still highly recommended. I always enjoy anything he's written, but so many of his others are much better than this first one.
Miranda
suicide is hilarious!
Mike
Aug 08, 2007 Mike rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dickwads
No thanks.
Reza
Jun 18, 2009 Reza added it
اپرای شناور : جان بارت _ ترجمه : سهیل سمی
«اپرای شناور» داستان زندگی «تاد اندروز»، وکیل مستاصلی است که تصمیم‌‌اش را برای خودکشی در روز ۲۱ یا ۲۲ ژوئن سال ۱۹۳۷ تغییر می‌دهد. تاد اندروز با یاد آوری گذشته خود سعی دارد معنای زندگی و یا پوچی را به خود ثابت کند. و روایت هایی که مربوط به خود اندروز است بر روی یک کشتی تفریحی به نام « اپرای شناور بدیع و بی همتای آدام » نقل می شود. کتاب که همچنین در فضای نهیلیستی دهه‌ی پنجاه نوشته شده، با پایان‌‌بندی خوب آن، به گونه‌ای اعتراض به «نهیلیسم» آن روز جامعه‌ی آمر
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wally
the floating opera, john barth, 1956

anyone note dedications? quotes? that sort of thing? heh! in this one, after the copyright, printing-info page, there's:
all names, characters, and events in this book are fictional, and any resemblance which may seem to exist to real persons is purely coincidental.

that just tickles my fancy.

this was barth's first?

begins:
1. tuning my piano
to someone like myself, whose literary activities have been confined since 1920 mainly to such pedestrian genres as legal b
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Judy
Nov 22, 2010 Judy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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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Paolo
Quando un mio amico me lo ha regalato, confessando che era tra le cose più indigeste che gli fosse mai capitato di leggere, tanto appunto da disfarsene e cederlo a me, ho letto il nome dell'autore e ho avuto un'illuminazione che inseguivo da un po' di tempo: ma certo, John Barth, il maestro riconosciuto di David Foster Wallace. Ora, l'amico di cui sopra non ha mai sopportato neanche sei pagine di DFW, ma dal momento che io lo considero il genio della letteratura degli ultimi trenta anni (e non s ...more
Hazel
I truly enjoyed this book; it was different. I had never read anything by John Barth before, but think I'll add his other books to my to-read list.
It's surprising to think that he wrote this book when he was only 26! The story is a rather rambling narrative by a middle-aged man who tells of a day when he "changed his mind." The narrative voice is what makes this book most appealing--he directly addresses the reader at times as he insists on a leisurely, somewhat convoluted telling of his story.
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Becky
i was tempted to give this one 4 stars, but i think i tend to go crazy over-rating books so i'm trying to keep that under control. anyway, this was the final novel for my lawyers in fiction seminar. it wasn't the best book i've ever read, but i actually really enjoyed it. very fast reading. it covers the course of one day (with lots of flashbacks, of course) in which the narrator plans to commit suicide and then ultimately changes his mind (which the reader knows all along... oooh, dramatic iron ...more
Pardis Parto
Jul 27, 2013 Pardis Parto rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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"John Simmons Barth (born May 27, 1930) 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,
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