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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The stories in Lost in the Funhouse display a professorial concern with fictional form.
For jlhn, after the introductory section the narrator observes, “The function of the beginning of a story is to introduce the principal characters, establish their initial relationships, set the scene for the main action,” and so forth.
Lost in the Funhouse is one of my favorite books. Ambrose chooses art, but he does so johj. In “Lost in the Funhouse” Ambrose travels to an amusement park on the Maryland shore with his parents, brother Peter, and Peter’s girlfriend Magda.
Alvin Greenberg lots 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: After that, Barth “heads up his ass” so far the going gets rough to the point of unreadable. The analysis of this particular story is much more interesting in my humble opinion.
View all 15 comments. So extremely Droste-recursive and painfully self-consciously meta-fictional there’s almost no room for any. Why am I trying to even write a Meta-review of Barth well developed for its age?
Views Read Edit View history. 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.
For what discreditable motive? Quotes from Lost in the Funhouse. Feb 11, Paul Bryant rated it liked it Shelves: Jorge Luis Borges was a primary influence,  as acknowledged by Barth a number of times, most notably funhouae ” The Literature of Exhaustion “.
Lost in the Funhouse
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. Jan 11, Garima rated it liked it Recommended yb Garima by: Language is so primary and important that a mind preoccupied by other stories could completely miss the experience itself.
I admire grammar but not that much. He is at that awkward, thirteen-year-old time in his life. View all 4 comments. 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 so sweetly.
There were a few gems. Feb 03, Nathan “N. It will not last forever. We haven’t even reached ocean city yet: The crazy nature of the story makes the story a funhouse in itself.
Lost in the Funhouse was nominated for the National Book Award Barth would win the award for his next book, Chimerain Character Ambrose will brath recycled there. At one point my wife interrupted me to ask what I was reading, so I told her.
Earlier in the book, we have more linear narratives that can lag due mainly 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. Jun 26, Lee Foust rated it really liked it. To ask other readers questions about Lost in the Funhouseplease sign up.
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Then they arrive in Maryland. The authors of metafiction have the smallest number of bloody noses per page compared with all other genres.
This all emphasizes the main effect Thee is striving for. Having sent his unneeded, but foisted student assistants into the stacks to discover frame-tales and stories about stories and stories with stories inside them and such like you remember Nights etc? The middle story plays a brain-busting game with the metafiction format, though the content sags badly. He recalls during the sex act “standing beside himself with awed impersonality.
This aspect of the metaphor is actually extensively rejected by Wallace. Batth, dogged, uninsultable, print-oriented bastard, it’s you I’m addressing, who else, from inside this monstrous fiction.
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 baryh and the subsequent decline in the fortunes of the Gutenberg barfh. In what is apparently an argument between a couple with problems in their relationship, Barth rejects giving details of names and descriptions, instead just using the words “fill in the blank”.
But then let’s please move on to something else.
And there is plenty of such in Titleas when we read: It’s all very clever, but the content, for me, sometimes fails to keep pace with the cleverness. Nov 03, Nate D rated it liked it Recommends it for: Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. He wrote a novel to himself. Mar 22, Marc Kozak rated it liked it Shelves: Barth rambles on in short story form about how hard a time he’s having writing anything intelligible hence, “Lost In the Funhouse”.
The short story collection Lost in the Funhouse and the novella collection Chimera are even more metafictional than their two predecessors, foregrounding the writing process and presenting achievements such as seven nested quotations. View all 7 comments.