The Floating Opera (1956) by John Barth
"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."