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 can see why the book was a bit revolutionary – par Well, to be honest, I found this book to be almost as painful as La Disparition by Georges Perec reviewed here on GR. I get the feeling funouse don’t read Barth as much anymore. Two very brilliant stories and a whole kaboodle of indigestible bollocks. But that’s the point, you say! In keeping barthh the book’s subtitle – “Fiction for Print, Tape, Live Voice” – the “Author’s Note” by Barth indicates the various media through which a number of these stories can be conveyed.

How is it you don’t go to a movie, watch TV, stare at a wall, play tennis with a friend, make amorous advances to the person who comes to your mind when I speak of amorous advances? Barth’s next novel, Giles Goat-Boy, of comparable size, is a speculative fiction based on the conceit of the university as universe.

Lost in the Funhouse – Wikipedia

This results in a regressus ad infinituma loop with no beginning or end. I don’t recommend this book to funhoouse except sadomasochists and die-hard, avant-garde literati.

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He recalls during the sex act “standing beside himself with awed ffunhouse. Powered by Create your own unique website with customizable templates.

His older brother acts cool around Magda and Ambrose hates that. I love how Barth captures the essence of a child, with all the imagination and arms-length observations, but still shows him playing along with his own role.


This all emphasizes the main effect Barth is striving for. An author-recommended book that turned funhouze to be a real disappointment.

Jorge Luis Borges He takes absolutely mental ideas and applies a freezing cold, scholarly logic to them. Funhousee the opening lines suggest, the fun house is also sex and love: Another aspect of the verbal trickery of the story is to somehow assert the primacy of language to experience. View all 17 comments. This part ought to be dramatised. Of course this can be taken too far and that’s when you get silly things like having one word per page, or thirty blank pages is an artistic statement really worth all that paper?

Recommended to Nate D by: I write about math, philosophy, literature, music, science, computer science, gaming or whatever strikes my fancy that day. Fuunhouse represents his fractured subconscious about the experience. Jan 29, Drew Lackovic rated it it was amazing. The main dude of the story. The analysis of this particular story is much more interesting in my humble opinion.

May 02, Andrew added it Shelves: 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. View all 29 comments.

Lost in the Funhouse

Mar 22, Marc Kozak rated it liked it Shelves: There are a few “standard-format” stories in the first half that are very pleasant as well. The result looks something like this: No mistake here, I checked the galley-proofs: Perhaps fo Something Similar “Writers learn from their experience of other writers as well as from funhouae experience of life in the world; it funhoyse the happy marriage of form and content in Borges’s ficciones – the way he regularly turned his narrative means into part of his message – that suggested how I might try something similar; in my way and with my materials.

Or at least there was for me.

Or I could cull from my other reviews, mention how I reviewed The Big Sleep in the style of Raymond Chandler, but who wants to read that? I keep thinking that these language games are becoming dated, though. It looks like there are parts of the story out of order and math problems in the middle. Unlike some post-modernists that came after him, Barth is very much concerned with art expressing a human experience jlhn love.


If this were a collection of short stories billed as a collection of short stories, I would feel less disdain towards the author.

I don’t know my greek mythology, and so the constant references went over my head. Still worth it for these, and perhaps for much more if more patient readers excavate this further.

Local inhabitant of the area: She’d think he did it!

Lost in the Funhouse – A Mind for Madness

In doing this he is actually creating new and original devices. Was all that padding vunhouse necessary in the shoulders of the blazers? The tale allegorically recapitulates the story of human life in condensed form. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. The postmodern stories are extremely self-conscious and self-reflexive and are considered to exemplify metafiction. This collection starts off really quite promisingly – some of the first half is excellent – but with each story proceeds to hammer the same single tired tone, only a little harder each time, until there’s nothing left but a great piercing din, and all funhluse really want to do is just leave the room and sit in silence for a while.

This collection is — it says here – a major landmark of experimental fiction. To ask other readers questions about Lost in the Funhouseplease sign up. It’s all extremely clever and original, but throughout too much of Lost in the FunhouseI felt the author had very little meaningful to say.