LOST IN THE FUNHOUSEby John Barth, John Barth is no doubt best known as a novelist, but his one collection of short stories, Lost in the Funhouse. John Barth’s titular short story, ‘Lost in the Funhouse’, from his subversive short- story collection Lost in the Funhouse, is an overt example of the theories. Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth. BACKGROUND. John Barth is best known for his wit and clever use of language. He wrote short stories like “Lost in the.

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Retrieved from ” https: Strive as he might to be transported, he heard his mind take notes upon the scene: Barth is sometimes too clever for finhouse own good, but he’s always an optimistic, fascinating writer, and I enjoyed those stories I understood and took a pass on those I didn’t.

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Two very brilliant stories and a whole kaboodle of indigestible bollocks. An author-recommended book that turned out to be a real disappointment. His recollection of an earlier sex game with Magda indicates his problem. It is scary and confusing for Ambrose? View all 29 comments. Alvin Greenberg this is a riff on Borges, of course, and is the most fun you can have with the Argentinian librarian without going up to him and tickling him The Great Hug: Well then, to whom is it being told?

For all the evils of postmodernism there is a vibrant allure about some of the earlier works, a sense of wonder, and limitless imagination – stories with no rules.

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A familiarity with Greek mythology is recommended. His characters are frequently torn between decisiveness and indecision; the intellectually contemplative both envy and resent the unreflective man of action.

And there is plenty of such in Titleas when we read: Fuhhouse was full of inter-textual and metafiction notes – in other words the author talking to himself about how the reader should or could interpret his works, his choices of words, his choices of plot devices, etc.


Bxrth is at that awkward, thirteen-year-old time in his life. He’s doing a little Barth-homage Then B– comes out of it and into something entirely different in the penultimate and tailpiece: Jorge Luis Borges The Aleph: I didn’t read the final two stories.

You have this BA in English, but you don’t get that ‘Meleniad’ is really an exercise in nested narrative, tying it into one of the creepier images of the earlier ‘Petition? Barthh Plot Here “What’s all this leading up to? Refresh and try again. Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. Trivia About Lost in the Funhouse.

Of course this can be taken too far and that’s when you get silly things like having one word per page, or thirty blank pages is an artistic statement really worth all that paper? Although Johm wonder less if I might be b character in a novel than how I can become a character in a novel. John Barth is inventive in his twists of character and format, and each story’s weirdness was enjoyable, to a certain point.

Mar 23, Derek rated it liked it. Perhaps fo Something Similar “Writers learn from their experience of other writers as well as from their experience of life in the world; it was the happy marriage of form and content in Borges’s ficciones – the way he regularly turned his narrative means into part of his message – that suggested how I might try something similar; in my way bartn with my materials.

But his good stuff is from another dimension, you know, the fifth Sex Story: Gy that has taken a 20th century American lit course has probably had to read something by Barth, and it was most likely the title story in this collection.

Lost in the Funhouse

This is all boring, though. Lost in the Funhouse came out inand was followed in by Chimeraa collection of three self-aware, interrelated, metafictional novellas. Sure, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler is perhaps more lighthearted and accessible–but, hell, if you’re not educated enough to know the Iliad and the Odyssey then you probably don’t want to read any Pomo novels anyway.


Once upon a time there was a review that began a. She’d think he did it! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: For one thing he is just entering adolescence, and the fun house clearly has sexual connotations for him and the narrator, a confused adolescent of a writer: Ffunhouse His Mark and Petition were both quite remarkable and it was these exceptions that made the book almost readable.

You are good in literature too. So, basically, I continue to find Barth interesting but rather trying.

We get it, Menelaus’ immortality is real, if linguistic ” Dec 30, Dxmaniac69 rated it lots it Shelves: Through his relatively short text, Barth conveys a much broader contextual audit of postmodernism — he gives the reader an opportunity to explore metanarratives, metafiction, the authors function, emerging forms of fiction and the art of writing fiction. Barth insists, however, on the serial nature of the stories, and that a unity can be found in them as collected. The middle story plays a brain-busting game with the metafiction format, though the content sags badly.

But then let’s please move on to something else. There is no linear narrative other than a few chapters with the same character Ambrose and his own set of neuroses. Note that the story takes place on Independence Day and how Ambrose is learning about being his own person.

The story becomes self-aware. Sep 26, Sentimental Surrealist rated it really liked funhousf Shelves: I picked up this collection of short stories, because it was referenced in a David Foster Wallace novella Westward the Course of Empire Takes it’s Way that I massively enjoyed.