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 FUNHOUSEby John Barth, John Barth is no doubt best known as a novelist, but his one collection of short stories, Lost in the Funhouse. LOST IN THE FUNHOUSE. JOHN BARTH. Lost in the Funhouse. For whom is the funhouse fun? Perhaps for lovers. For Ambrose it is a place of fear and.

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Lost in the Funhouse

The result looks something like this: And, by the way, in one of his other stories collected here, Menelaiadan entire paragraph consists of quotation marks. Despite being billed as a connected series, this collection covers a lot of relatively unconnected ground, veering between personal narrative, self-reflexive formal pyrotechnics, and re-constructed mythology.

This and Giles Goat-Boy are both funhouss. John Barth’s lively, highly original collection of short pieces is a major landmark of experimental fiction. The stories in Lost in the Funhouse display a professorial concern with fictional form. Barth is sometimes too clever for his 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. Or better still a full stop. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Then I got into the character of Ambrose, who appears in a few stories. Add both to Cart Add both to List. Barth had already perfected the gentle art of recursion with the jaw-dropping ‘Lost in the Funhouse,’ where Borges’ idea of labyrinth-as-story is put into haunting practice.

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Sixty Stories Penguin Classics. Jorge Luis Borges He takes absolutely mental ideas and applies a freezing cold, scholarly logic to them. Jul 06, Jesse rated it really liked it.

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Barth is sometimes too clever for his own good, but he’s always an optimistic, fascinating writer, and I enjoyed those stories First, an admission: Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth. But if you’re obsessed with postmodernism, scoop this one up. The thing is, I would probably have enjoyed reading more of his legitimate short stories, if he could have just come to terms with the fact that he was good at writing short stories.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Was all that padding really necessary in the shoulders of the blazers? But like many a cd I have purchased, the two good ones were worth the price of entry.

Recommended to Nate Thd by: You’ve vanished up your own ass, and there’s no way out now. The layout of the story is weird. She’d think he did it!

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I get the feeling people don’t read Barth as much anymore. Get to Know Us. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The postmodern bent to most of the stories contained here largely works against the author, though when employed list, is both playful and poignant. The funhouse is a huge part of the story.

Among Barth’s bart, John Gardner wrote in On Moral Fiction that Barth’s stories were immoral and fake, as they portrayed life as absurd. Indeed, the narrator is having as much trouble with his story as Ambrose is with puberty. I can go as deep as seven stories-within-stories-within-etcetera.


Can nothing surfeit, saturate you, turn you off? It’s all very clever, but the content, for me, sometimes fails to keep pace with the clevern As critics decried the Death of the Novel, Death of the Story, Death of the Author, Death of et cetera, Barth took it upon himself to revel in the debris, causing further destruction in the process.

Barth’s fiction continues to maintain a precarious balance between postmodern self-consciousness and wordplay on the one hand, and the sympathetic characterisation and “page-turning” plotting commonly associated with more traditional genres and subgenres of classic and contemporary storytelling.

Barth tells an incredibly mundane story, but is absolutely littered with self-awareness, meta-fictional winks at the reader, and explanations of what certain sentences and sections are supposed to be accomplishing in terms of the narrative. Impatient readers will get nowhere — see apparent complaint of critics who took the opener to be narrated by a fish.

That is, these characters exist doubtlessly as characters, and yet he is still able to breathe life into them and, to employ a tired phrase, make them come alive on the page. Lost In The Funhouse; Fiction For Print, Tape, Live Voice is John Barth’s response to a gauntlet Marshall McLuhan was throwing down back in the heady days of the sixties regarding the immanent demise of the work of art as printed text and the subsequent decline in the fortunes of the Gutenberg family.

People are going to find this review inevitably off-putting, Sentimental Surrealist.