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La mattina del 21 giugno 1937 Todd Andrews (un’avviatissima carriera di avvocato, una sobria vita borghese in una cittadina di mare del New England, un improbabile menage a trois con l’amico Harrison, erede di un impero dei sottaceti, e la graziosissima moglie di lui) si sveglia, si alza dal letto e guardandosi allo specchio scopre che la risposta a ogni suo problema è il ...more
Paperback, Minimum classics #1, 300 pages
Published May 2003 by Minimum Fax (first published 1956)
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Ian "Marvin" Grayejoy
Whether to Exit if Not Entranced? That is the Question

Time is a river. And all the world's a 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
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
تاد اندروز وکیل مجربیه که مادرش رو وقتی بچه بوده از دست داده و پدرش هم وکیلی بوده که بعد از ورشکستگی و از دست دادن همه سرمایه در سهام خودش رو حلق آویز کرده و چیزی جز بدهی برای وارثش به ارث نگذاشته . خود تاد هم دچار مشکل پروستات و قلبه به طوریکه هر لحظه ممکنه قلبش از کار بایسته، طوری که سال هاست منزلی نداره و در اتاقی از یک هتل اقامت داره و روزانه هم هزینه ی اقامتش رو پرداخت می کنه. با این وجود تاد به زندگی عادی و بسی هیجان انگیز خودش ادامه میده . با همسر زیبای دوست صمیمیش ( و البته با رضایت دوست ...more
Mar 31, 2010 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
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
اومبرتو اکو داستان کوتاهی دارد در باره ی مردی که در دوره ی دانشجویی چند سال در یک تاًتر کار می کرده. او مجبور بوده پیش از بسته شدن درِ خوابگاه خود را به آنجا برساند، بنابر این نتوانسته بیست دقیقه ی آخر هیچ کدام از نمایش هایی که آن سالها مجانی تماشا کرده را ببیند. او در سنین بازنشستگی اتفاقاً با پیرمردی در سن و سال خودش آشنا می شود که او هم کار دانشجویی اش در یک تاًتر بوده و از قضا وقتی به تاًترمحل کار خود می رسیده که بیست دقیقه از شروع نمایش می گذشته. دو مرد وقتی از وضعیت یکدیگر با خبر می شوند ق ...more
MJ Nicholls
A comic Camus:
Barth Chesapeakeaboos from
the unknown to known.
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: barth-7
If nothing is of intrinsic value, as argues Opera protagonist Andrews, then this review is worthless. I could just as easily describe my shoes to you. Or perhaps last night’s dinner of vegetarian tacos tickles you more? By all means this is a worthwhile book, despite the fact that it too is intrinsically valueless. But then there are also all those other books that purport their own significance; they must be have a basic value, no? All of your JoyceCervantesBeckettPynchonGaddisShakespeareWoolf ...more
Feb 13, 2014 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
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: postmoderni
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
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
Miss Ravi
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, re-read, 1394
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
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Vit Babenco
Apr 10, 2013 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
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-usa, l-1001bymrbyd, e4
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
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.

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
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.
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Barth's first novel is an exploration of nihilism. While displaying little of the wild fancy and meta-play that make later Barth novels so engaging, it's prototypical Barth in its setting (20th Century Chesapeake country) and in its winking humor that floats above an undercurrent of serious ideas. The protagonist, Todd Andrews, is a lawyer in small-town Cambridge, Maryland, living a seemingly quiet workaday life. This calm exterior covers up his extremely nihilist inner life -- an outlook f ...more
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.
Vahid .M
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
پنج ستاره هم برای این رمان بینهایت جذاب کمه...
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
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
۱. هیچ چیز ارزش ذاتی ندارد. ۲. دلایلی که مردم بنابر آن ها برای مسائل ارزش قائل می شوند در نهایت غیر منطقی اند. و ۳. بنابر این هیچ دلیل قانع کننده ای برای ارزش قائل شدن برای هیچ چیز وجود ندارد.
May 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
کتاب دوس داشتنی ای بود. فصل ناقبل آخر عالی بود
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barth wrote it when he was 24. How I hate geniuses.
Jun 23, 2015 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.
Lena Skoorb
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the funniest book and one of the most profound books I have ever read. The time jumps were interesting but at times came across as sloppy storytelling. At time this book was too concise and at others the pages seemed like rambling. However, every character and anecdote in this book is very intriguing.
Nov 22, 2010 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
Tomas Ramanauskas
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Debuting Barth writes like this:
-he’s lightfootedly witty in one chapter, then gets serious and preachy in another.
-pushes hard for you to believe in character's truths, and denounces them a dozen pages later.
-his protagonist is loveable and hateful almost in equal amounts.
-he juggles “high” and “low” cultures, “intelectual/cold” and “animalistic/passionate” demeanor as he pleases.

And most of the times I’m buying it and even leaving an extra tip.
For Barth thrives on paradoxes, on the unexpected,
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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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“May I recommend three Maryland beaten biscuits, with water, for your breakfast? They are hard as a haul-seiner's conscience and dry as a dredger's tongue, and they sit for hours in your morning stomach like ballast on a tender ship's keel. They cost little, are easily and crumblessly carried in your pockets, and if forgotten and gone stale, are neither harder nor less palatable than when fresh. What's more, eaten first thing in the morning and followed by a cigar, they put a crabberman's thirst on you, such that all the water in a deep neap tide can't quench --- and none, I think, denies the charms of water on the bowels of morning? ” 2 likes
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