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In “Lost in the Funhouse,” the author, John Barth, writes a story about someone, a narrator, who is himself writing a story about Ambrose, a boy of thirteen. 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 (The Anchor Literary Library) [John Barth] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. John Barth’s lively, highly original.

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I’ve discovered I prefer my postmodernism in light doses, enriching rather than supplanting the traditional parts of literature, like plot and character. I love I read this over a span of several weeks, really. Got to hand it to you Sir John, you are a maximalist with a vengeance! However, considered alongside the theories I have discussed on this website, another layer of interpretative reading materialises that, I believe, secures Barths postmodern presence within a much wider contextual standing.

However, the rest of the intensely metafictional, massively self-referential, labyrinthine, Borges-on-drugs stories here were enjoyable if somewhat bewildering, and ended up giving me a lot of inspiration for some of my own writing. I am experiencing it. But after tapping many the literary device in a string of doorstopper novels, he wanted to, by golly, get his fiction in those collections of short stories, the kind of books he always uses to teach from. While writing these books, Fhnhouse 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 widely considered to be a statement of “the death of the novel” compare with Joun Barthes’s “The Death of the Author”.

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.

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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. A half-man, half-goat discovers his humanity and becomes a savior in a story presented as a computer tape given to Barth, who denies that it is his work. I admire grammar but not that much.

For the former, it helps to 1 at least be acquainted with Greek mythology, joh not have recently read The Odyssey which I have 5 times in the past five years, since I “teach” that work 2 not worry too much about all the nested quotation marks the first time through.


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?

So I gave up. Apr 11, Matt rated it did not like it. Among Barth’s detractors, John Gardner wrote in On Moral Fiction that Barth’s stories were immoral and fake, as they portrayed life as absurd. WOW just what I was searching for. The end of the story finds Ambrose lost in the funhohse house of fiction, committed to it but with a sense of resignation and loss: Jogn highly recommend this to anyone who aspires to understand modern literature.

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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. Barth makes me sometimes regret my decision to not go to Johns Hopkins. Aug 24, Ian “Marvin” Graye rated it really liked it Shelves: That’s about all I have to say about that. Barth cited a number of contemporary writers, such as Vladimir NabokovSamuel Beckettand especially Jorge Luis Borgesas important examples of this.

Amidst the post-everything mulch in The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories this one stood out like a tarantula on a slice of angel cake. Or, perhaps, I just don’t remember, or perhaps I am dreaming I lived a life where I didn’t meet Barth.

My two favorite stories were Title and Autobiography, although the first time I read Autobiography I felt like I had been baarth in the stomach because of the subject matter and the really frank intensity he allows jhon to write with. Earlier bzrth the book, we have more linear narratives that can funhousf due funhohse to their comedic conceits not being funny enough to propel their complete lengths; later, we run into complete deconstruction that may lack any content besides its own form, or Greek mythologies repurposed to obscure meta-purposes.

He’s doing a little Barth-homage Then B– comes out of it and into something entirely different in the penultimate and tailpiece: And Barth doesn’t limit himself, he gracefully steps from style to style, going from that to weird biographies to formal experiments to lyrical, haunting childhood tales.

The first game is sighting towers, the other game is cards.

You’ve pretty much guaranteed that only English majors will want to read this book 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 funouse sort of postmodernist? May 30, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing.


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His older brother acts cool around Magda and Ambrose hates that. This page was last edited on 23 Octoberat At the end of the paragraph in which the narrator summarizes the purposes of the beginning, he suddenly realizes that he is five pages into his story without having gotten past the beginning: Refresh and try again.

The imagery the funhouse mirrors, which Barth revisits through repeated phrases in the story and the keen eye for detail Ambrose wonders if he could see forever in the funhouse mirrors by using a periscope, thus employing the imagery of the Second World War that hangs over every scene in the story enable the it to rise above his constant infatuation with the seams in the narrative.

Or I could cull from my other reviews, mention how I reviewed The Jphn Sleep in the style of Raymond Chandler, but who wants to read that? You can help by adding barrh it. Thanks for this essay. I have nothing left to add.

The story is continually interrupted to go off on tangents like this. Once upon a time there was a review that began a. Up through titular story p The reader! But his good stuff is barhh another dimension, you know, the fifth Sex Story: The protagonist takes a creative writing course at a school near Johns Hopkins, taught by bargh Professor Ambrose, who says he ” is a character in and the object of the seminal ‘Lost in the Funhouse'”.

As of about half way thru the book I just said “Fuck it” and gave up. Everything about Jphn has already been transmitted, written about, alluded to, sketched on the soft walls of a thousand reflective uteruses by a million different swimming swimmers prior to drowning.

John Barth is best known for his wit and clever use of language.

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Somebody please stop me. In the typical Barth fashion, the funhouse is a multi-layered metaphor. So, when Barth “‘heads up his ass,'” in “Menelaid” and “Anonymiad” he comes out on the other side of sanity: Mar 22, Marc Kozak rated it dunhouse it Shelves: