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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As of about half way thru the book I just said “Fuck it” and gave up. Then the kids go in the funhouse. And that’s “T” as in Title. It’s all very clever, but the content, for me, sometimes fails to keep pace with the cleverness. It looks like there are parts of the story out of order and math problems in the middle. Jorge Luis Borges was a primary influence, [7] as acknowledged by Barth a number of times, most notably in ” The Literature of Exhaustion “.

Closer “Anonymiad” is the only one with any kind of story-form equilibrium. Explore the Home Gift Guide. He went on to become one of the first full-time professors of creative writing. It was not really a pleasant read but as it was on the Yale Online Course “American Literature after “, I wanted to read it. In other words, they were only able to buck its conventions, because they had already benefitted from the system that had created the conventions.

Will that drive you mad? So the first thing I did was read the out loud ones out loud, which was a blast.

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Lost in the Funhouse

The third is the most metafictional of the three, with a narrator commenting on the story’s form and literary devices as it progresses. Again, not to be outdone, in TitleJohn-John asks us directly to fill in the blank at least once; and in other passages, we are asked indirectly to fill in the blanks. We passed over Motown too for the Beatles and all of those other impossibly bad British geysers who followed in their wake.

The crazy nature of the story makes the story a funhouse in itself. Apr 05, Hadrian rated it liked it Shelves: Unfortunately, like so many front-loaded albums from bands that you only kind of like, the second half was supremely tiresome.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Such are the mysteries of history and the mistakes that a cultures makes.

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Barth is such a lyrical writer, especially compared to most of the brooding postmodernist set. One person found this helpful. The result looks something like this: Even though it’s difficult to review. For whom is the funhouse a house? But like many a cd I have purchased, the two good ones were worth the price of entry. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Despite being billed as a connected series, this collection covers a lot of relatively unconnected ground, veering between funhous narrative, self-reflexive formal pyrotechnics, and re-constructed mythology.

National Book Award Finalist for Fiction The postmodern bent to most of the stories contained here largely works against the author, though when employed well, Bookended almost with oost rather exceptional stories, “Ambrose His Mark” and “Anonymiad”, with an absolute knockout in the middle, John Barth’s Lost in the Funhouse astonishes and disappoints in almost equal measure.


All in all — worth it for the handful of standout stories, but not as great as I was hoping it’d be going into it. ffunhouse

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Get to Know Us. View all 7 comments. When he’s on, as in the aforementioned stories, he’s almost unbeatable, and when he’s not on almost every other story in the collectionhe’s almost unbearable. Consider how dreadful so far: Though many of the stories gathered here were published separately, there are several themes common to them all, giving them new meaning in the context of this collection. Impatient readers will get nowhere — see apparent complaint of critics who took the opener to be narrated by a fish.

Although I wonder less if I might yhe a character in a novel than how I can become a character in a novel. Definitely, not a light summer read.

So, basically, I continue barfh find Barth interesting but rather trying. But if you’re obsessed with postmodernism, scoop this one up.

He is not going to make you eat your short fiction or even make you shoot Jojn gun sitting on the fictional wall next to you. The protagonist takes a creative writing course at a school near Johns Hopkins, taught by a Professor Ambrose, who says he ” is a character in and the object of the seminal ‘Lost in the Funhouse'”.