• July 26, 2019

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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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. Very early on in the story, the narration is interrupted, the author shattering what appears to be realism in order to convey to the reader the process of writing and the literary and linguistic conventions that are associated with such a text.

Unfortunately for this reader, all too many of the stories served more to obstruct me from my final goal, completion of the book and moving along to my next book forget reading for enjoyment.

But his good stuff is from another dimension, you know, the fifth Sex Story: Lost in the Funhouse is fucking brilliant–in that perfect, self-reflexive Pomo way–and beyond it even. Though I got what he was trying to do in many of the stories, which is call attention to the actual process of writing in addition to the writing of a story, I found myself unable to care at all. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


This soi-disant landmark in experimental fiction was stuffed with endless exercises in indulgence, vague and rambling stories, pretentious non-sequiturs and assorted Greek gibberish. View all 15 comments.

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Again, not to be outdone, in TitleJohn-John asks us directly to fill in the blank at least once; and in un passages, we are asked indirectly to fill in the blanks. I can see why the book was a bit revolutionary – particularly in the hard to read section Menelaiad where he quotes inside of quotes inside of quotes and the Anonymiad which is again some belly-bottom writing about writing about writing.

You’ve vanished up your own ass, and there’s no way out now. He’s a character whose awareness of his own fictionality has unmoored him from his docking. Ambrose chooses art, but he does so reluctantly.

Once upon a time there was a review that began: So, basically, I continue to find Barth interesting but rather trying. Jan 11, Garima rated it liked it Recommended to Garima by: Well then, to whom is it being told? Paperbackpages.

With this dialogue we see history shift from the postmodern to the post-postmodern, or at least an attempt at the post-post.

His recollection of thhe earlier sex game with Magda indicates his problem. A set of stories, some clever, some so damn clever that they are almost grating.

Lost in the Funhouse

The Sot-Weed Factor is what Northrop Frye called an anatomy — a large, loosely structured work, with digressions, distractions, stories within stories, and thw such as a lengthy exchange of insulting terms by two prostitutes. Minimalism — As it turns out, this John Barth collection includes a life story compressed into fourteen pages and an autobiography funhoouse down into six pages. But the ideas behin 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.

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I have nothing left to add.

Lost in the Funhouse Summary – Schoolbytes

See, funhousw you go again, tossing about names like Borges, mentioning that you know what formalism is, mentioning your English degree twice. You say mean things about your father all the time, too. I admire grammar but not that much. Funhoouse 30, Dxmaniac69 rated it liked it Shelves: Barth has said he has written his books in pairs: Somebody please stop me. The crazy nature of the story makes the story a funhouse in itself.

Will that drive you mad? So, the post I read LitF is not as discrete stories but as a curated set which read together comprise a “work,” if not a novel of sorts. Got to hand it to you Sir John, you are a maximalist with a vengeance!

No mistake here, I checked the galley-proofs: Sig Dear Mr Barth, As I yet again write you a letter in a review of a book about writing about writing baarth writing sigh!

There is no linear narrative other than a few chapters with the same character Ambrose and his own set of neuroses. Here, it seems, Mr.