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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Sixty Stories Penguin Classics. One way minimalism can be defined is the manner in which an author will provide the barest descriptions and ask the reader to fill in the blanks.

Girl With Curious Hair. Jorge Luis Borges He takes absolutely mental ideas and applies a freezing cold, scholarly logic to them. Two very brilliant stories and a whole kaboodle of indigestible bollocks.

Well, that was the night he re met his bride to be and future book dedicatee, Shelly. Lost in the Funhouse is a short story collection by American author John Barth. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. He is not writing for you.

She’d think he did it! The short story collection Lost in the Funhouse and the novella collection Chimera are even more metafictional than their two predecessors, hhe the writing process and presenting achievements such as seven nested quotations. View all 3 comments. Experimental, very confusing and boring.

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It’s all very clever, but the content, for me, sometimes fails to keep pace with the cleverness. For one thing he is just entering adolescence, and the fun house clearly has barty connotations for him and the narrator, a confused adolescent of a writer: It’s all very well to dive into the deep end now and then, but I will only follow you so long as you have a good reason for being there.


Jul 13, Jenny Reading Envy rated it really liked it Shelves: What was I thinking? His older brother acts cool around Magda and Ambrose hates that.

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Suffice to say that if one is enough of a trouper to soldier through the middle section, there’s a big pay-out. While writing these books, Barth was also pondering and discussing the theoretical problems of fiction writing, most notably in an essay, “The Literature of Exhaustion” first printed in the Atlantic,that was brath considered to be a statement of “the death of the novel” compare with Roland Barthes’s “The Death of the Author”.

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We can see the fun house already taking on at least two connotations. And it will get worse. The funhouse is a huge part of the story. The quirky, funny nature of them comes through, but I felt like it was too removed from me. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Then they arrive in Maryland. I hope this short review provides enough information to enable a reader to judge if Lost in the Funhouse is your cupcake of tea.

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler. And this is some funnouse candy, requiring a great deal of effort to bite into. Yes, I confess to skipping lightly and sprightly over the last three Greek-mythology-based items.

Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth

John Barth’s lively, highly original collection of short pieces is a major landmark of experimental fiction. As the opening lines lots, the fun house is also sex and love: Metafiction — A close cousin with a story about a story, metafiction deals with writing about writing. Then the kids go in the funhouse.


Ambrose’s awkwardness is impeccably crafted, and his disdain for the world the desire for a button to immediately and painlessly end one’s life, and yet the understanding to note the ticket taker wasn’t cruel, only “vulgar and insensitive” feels real and believable.

There was no such girl, the simple bwrth being. Sure, I get it.

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It’s not me speaking to you. You’ve pretty much guaranteed that only English majors will want to read this i of course, it’s hard to imagine your average James Patterson fan enjoying John Barth [Wait a minute there, aren’t you supposed to be some sort of postmodernist?

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: As it is his first collection of short fiction anomalousno matter one’s response to the Funhouse, please do pick up one of his long works, the form in which his muse sings much Lost In The Funhouse; Fiction For Print, Tape, Olst 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.

Consider how dreadful so far: