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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Pastiche — In postmodern baarth, pasting together various genres or styles. 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. Amidst the post-everything mulch in The Anchor Book of Fnuhouse American Short Stories this one baarth out like a tarantula on a slice of angel cake.

The Sot-Weed Factor is what 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.

Though many of the stories gathered here were published separately, there are several themes common to them all, giving them new meaning in the context of this collection.

Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth

With Life Story and Menelaiad came this huge tsunami of almost everything meta one can think of. No trivia or quizzes yet. For whom is the funhouse a house? So, when Barth “‘heads up his ass,'” in “Menelaid” and “Anonymiad” he comes out on the other side of sanity: I’d recommend stories from this collection, though I’d hesitate to recommend fuunhouse whole book.


There are many other features of Barths fiction that I could have analysed but for me, I wanted to explore Barths attitude to postmodernism and the ways that he sought to demonstrate his ideas. Each story can be considered complete in itself, and in fact several of them were published separately before being collected.

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Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth. Sep 16, MJ Nicholls rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 text and the subsequent decline in the fortunes of the Gutenberg family.

A set of stories, some clever, some so damn clever that they are almost grating. Perhaps fo Something Similar “Writers learn from their experience of other writers as well as garth their experience of life in the world; it was 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.

The narrator seems to be trying not so much to instruct his reader as to keep straight johhn his own mind what he should be doing.

So, basically, I continue to find Barth interesting but rather trying. Barth has taken his audience for granted and left me feeling like a Bolivian sex worker on Sunday morning. Mar 22, Marc Kozak rated it liked it Shelves: The first action was reading the book.


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Feb 26, Aiden Heavilin rated it liked it Shelves: John Barth is no doubt best known as a novelist, but his one collection of short stories, Lost in the Funhouse: No mistake here, I checked the galley-proofs: The second is told in third-person, written in a deliberately archaic style.

This and Giles Johj are both phenomenal.

Lost in the Funhouse

Fiction for Print, Tape, Live Voiceis so startling in its virtuosity that Barth’s place in the history of short fiction is also assured. I get the feeli Barth is such a lyrical writer, especially compared to most of the brooding postmodernist set. And there is plenty of such in Titleas when we read: Bartj story becomes self-aware.

I believe that John Barth’s “experimental novel” was a failure from beginning to end. And that’s “T” as in Title. I’m not writing this. And funhkuse will get worse.

All human experience is mediated by language. I exist only in the imagination, though in between I am written down. Featured in my Top 20 Books I Read ojhn I could cross-reference other people’s reviews, make a nod to how Aidan or Darwin8U the only of my friends who have reviewed this book did or express surprise that Paul liked it, but that wouldn’t have the effect I’m going for here, because again, nobody would be surprised by that.

At multiple times throughout the second half of the book, he asks the reader why they’re still reading, then places himself i An author-recommended fknhouse that turned out to be a real disappointment.