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The Floating Opera and The End of the Road by John Barth
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Jul 30, 11

really liked it
Read from December 20 to 23, 2008 , read count: 1

Two novels in which the main character is drawn into sexual involvement with a married woman, one with the husband's definite encouragement, and the other with the husband's possible instigation. In both the narrators are easy to identify with, and yet seriously troubled and difficult to understand. Though I was a little kid during the 1950s, I suspect these two novels portray the darker side of the American psyche during that decade in a disturbingly accurate manner. This volume of Barth's first two novels came to my list from a tribute to the author's birthday (05/27/1930) on Garison Keillor's Writer's Almanac, and was reinforced by my enjoyment of the Barth's The Sot-Weed Factor, for which my geographical background research proved useful while reading these two novels.

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