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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Facebook Reddit Twitter Pinterest. At multiple times throughout the second half of the book, he asks the reader why they’re still reading, then places himself in Greek mythological settings to whine some more about life. 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, Live Voice is John Barth’s response to a gauntlet Marshall McLuhan was throwing down back in the joyn 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.

I’ve discovered I prefer my postmodernism in light doses, enriching rather than supplanting the traditional parts of literature, like plot and character. But then Barth’s multitude of styles and narrative techniques come to a head in the title story “Lost in the Funhouse,” which might be one of the most funhoue things I’ve come across in a long time.

Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth

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That’s about all I have to say about that. No mistake here, I checked the galley-proofs: In other words, they were only able to buck its conventions, because they had already benefitted from the system that had created the conventions. The last line of the story suggests that, for writers, or those funhoyse create rather than experience, there funhousse an emptiness — Ambrose, and perhaps Barth, as an author, realized that he will be forever in the role of “constructing funhouses for others,” never in the role as the lovers who are allowed inside.

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You are commenting using your Facebook account. View all 8 comments. This means that Ambrose must see himself reflected in all shapes and sizes. The bartg seems to be trying not so much to instruct his reader as to keep straight in his own mind what he should be doing.

Again, not to be outdone, in TitleJohn-John asks us directly to fill in the blank at least once; and in other 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.

In a metaphorical mirror-room, the reader is presented with the same old familiar vision, an arbitrary intermediary that the author and reader fruitlessly partake in. And I’m with you the first time, maybe even the second. Barth had already perfected the gentle art of recursion with the jaw-dropping ‘Lost in the Funhouse,’ where Borges’ idea of labyrinth-as-story is put into haunting practice.


Lost in the Funhouse

But the highs — oh, the highs! A funhouse has mirrors all around. Jorge Luis Borges The Aleph: John Barth is best known for his wit and clever use of language.

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. 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: I highly recommend this to brth who aspires to understand modern literature. Sep 16, MJ Nicholls rated it it was ok Shelves: But like many a cd I have purchased, the two good ones were worth the price of entry.

But seriously, don’t read this book if you don’t know what you’re getting into; it would only annoy you.

He wrote a novel to himself. Menelaiad joohn Perhaps the crowning achievement of this collection of literary stunts and dares. In “Petition”, one half of a pair of Siamese twinsjoined at the stomach to his brother’s back, writes a petition in to PrajadhipokKing of Siam now Thailandprotesting his brother’s not acknowledging his existence.