"The Floating Opera" and "The End Of The Road" are John Barth's first two novels.Their relationship to each other is evident not only in their ribald subject matter but in the eccentric characters and bitterly humorous tone of the narratives.Both concern strange, consuming love triangles and the destructive effect of an overactive intellect on the emotions.Separately they give two very different views of a universal human drama.
About the Author
JOHN BARTH's fiction has won the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award, and the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. For many years he taught in the writing seminars at John Hopkins University. He is the author of such seminal works as "The Sot-Weed Factor, Chimera" (for which he won the NBA), and "Giles Goat-Boy".