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The Resource Once upon a time : a floating opera, John Barth

Once upon a time : a floating opera, John Barth

Label
Once upon a time : a floating opera
Title
Once upon a time
Title remainder
a floating opera
Statement of responsibility
John Barth
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • An fantasy-filled sailing trip through Chesapeake Bay, in the course of which a writer recounts his life. The novel is written in the form of an opera whose arias serve as vehicles for digressions which would otherwise have slowed down the narrative. By the author of The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor
  • "From master storyteller and National Book Award winner John Barth comes a bravura performance: a memoir wrapped in a novel and launched on a sea voyage." "A cutter-rigged sloop sets sail for an end-of-season cruise down into the "Chesapeake Triangle." Our captain: a middle-aged writer of some repute. The sole crewmate: his lover, friend, editor, and wife. The journey turns out to be not the modest three-day cruise it at first seems. As we sail through sun and storm, our skipper spins (and is spun by) the Story of His Life - an operatic saga that's part Verdi, part Puccini, and more than a dollop of bouffe, a compound narrative voyaging through the imagination. Crisscrossing the past, mixing memory with desire, our narrator navigates among the waypoints of his life, beguiling us with tales of adventure and despair, love and marriage, selves and counterselves, aging and sailing, teaching and writing - steering always by the polestar of Vocation, the storyteller's call." "With all the narrative verve, playful flourishes, and dazzling prose that made works like The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor, Giles Goat-Boy, and The Sot-Weed Factor so memorable, Once Upon a Time is a mesmerizing and entertaining performance from one of the most important writers of our time."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1930-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Barth, John
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3552.A75
LC item number
O53 1994
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Novelists
  • Novelists, American
Label
Once upon a time : a floating opera, John Barth
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
28722529
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
398 pages
Lccn
93031456
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Once upon a time : a floating opera, John Barth
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
28722529
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
398 pages
Lccn
93031456
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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