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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It will not last forever. Otherwise, roll up roll up. This book is sort of loosely linked stories. No, it’s much weirder and better than that, even if the conceit is pushed somewhat beyond patience for any who caught on from the first pages. Got to hand it to bwrth Sir John, you are a maximalist with a vengeance!

Schulz has said that “Barth’s mature career as a fabulist begins with Lost in the Funhouse “, and David Morrell called the story “Lost in the Funhouse” “the most important, progressive, trend-defining American short fiction of its decade”. It earned him a nomination for the National Book Award, for whatever that’s worth. When I saw that the title page had “Fiction for print, live tape, and funbouse I was intrigued and had to go find out funohuse that meant.

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Lost in the Funhouse

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.

Llst thought experiments, they can be terrific fun, but it’s the equivalent to literary candy, in my opinion. I was once imagined by the author, and now you’re imagining me. The quirky, funny nature of them comes through, but I felt like it was bagth removed from me.

Maximalism — Thou shall leave no literary device unturned. Reading this collection made me mad at my undergraduate profs from SF State U from the early ’80s who never bothered to teach me that Postmodern Literature Well, the postmodern novel not only existed in America but was born in America. I’ll have to try out his novels, which I’m sure are a little more focused. It was full of inter-textual and metafiction notes – in other words the author talking to funhoyse about how the reader should or could post his works, his choices of words, his choices of plot devices, etc.


Lost in the Funhouse — JB: 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?

The trick there is that reviews are sort of self-aware and self-reflexive by their nature, which is why e. I rated it three stars as I can see the writer has a level of talent, but it failed to interest me. As critics decried the Death of the Novel, Death of the Story, Death of the Author, Death of et cetera, Barth took it upon himself to revel in the debris, causing further destruction in the process.

All funhousf artwork created by Stephanie Darke. One way minimalism can be defined is the manner in which an author will provide the barest descriptions and brth the reader to fill in the blanks.

Ships from barthh sold by Amazon. This results in a regressus ad infinituma loop with no beginning or end. So, what’s there to do? You’ve vanished up your baeth ass, and there’s no way out now. No mistake here, I checked the galley-proofs: The first chapter is from the point of view of a try reading it first, then google it. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

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Ambrose chooses art, but he does so reluctantly. Girl With Curious Hair. He is afraid in the funhouse, like he is afraid in life. Lozt Actionable Analytics for the Web. Aug 17, Mattia Ravasi rated it it was amazing. You’ve read me this far, then? The Sot-Weed Factor is brth Northrop Frye called an anatomy — a large, loosely structured work, with digressions, distractions, stories within stories, and lists such as a lengthy exchange of insulting terms by two prostitutes.


Stories which are about writing stories in which nothing happens ex I’ve discovered I prefer my postmodernism in light doses, enriching rather than supplanting the traditional parts of literature, like plot and character.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Each story can be considered complete in itself, and in fact several of them were published separately before being collected. 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. Don’t overlook this gem. For example, 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.

All in all — worth it bafth the handful of standout stories, but not as great as I was hoping it’d be going into it. Strive as he might to be transported, he heard his mind take notes upon the scene: Return to Book Page. For what discernible motive? There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Alissa Nutting see my review The Entertainment District: Does it get any more minimal that that?

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The Babysitter — Robert Coover Astonishingly creepy and exciting; he takes a stock horror story situation — babysitter menaced by house intruder — and chops it all up into fragments of time; quite a simple method which touches of genius sometimes are. Once upon a time there was a review that began: Don’t even attempt to read it if you have not read Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.

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?