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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If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The quirky, funny nature of them comes losg, but I felt like it was too removed from me. Barth insists, however, on the serial nature of the stories, and that a unity can be found in them as collected.

This and Giles Goat-Boy are both phenomenal. The thing is, I would probably have enjoyed reading more of his legitimate short stories, if he could have just come to terms with the fact that he was good at writing short stories.

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Donald Barthelme Barthelme – he had this golden period where everything he did was hilarious and mad, so I could have chosen any of about From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I found myself skimming over stories, which is never a good sign. Lost in the Funhouse was Barth’s first book after the ” The Literature of Exhaustion “, [4] an essay inn which Barth claimed that the traditional modes of realistic writing had been exhausted and no longer served the contemporary lostt, but that the exhaustion of these techniques could be turned into a new source of inspiration.

It looks like there are parts of the story out of order and math problems in the middle. View all 8 comments. Lost in the Funhouse was my true gateway drug into the vein of postmodernism. The title story of course is the biggest strength of this book, which is deftly handled with judicious mix of content, meta techniques, metaphorical significance and at the same time, is engaging enough to hold the interest of a losg.


May 02, Andrew added it Shelves: 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.

By my latest count, I filled in the blank twenty-seven loat. For all the evils of postmodernism there is a vibrant allure about barthh of the earlier works, a sense of wonder, and limitless imagination – stories with no rules.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Several characters, such as Ambrose of ” Lost in the Funhouse ” reappear throughout the collection, but largely, this is an experiment in both fictional structure as well as interpretive form. While writing these books, Barth was also pondering and discussing the theoretical problems of fiction writing, most notably in an essay, “The Literature of Exhaustion” first printed in the Atlantic,that was widely considered to be a statement of “the death of the novel” compare with Roland Barthes’s “The Death thd the Author”.

Or I could cull from my other reviews, mention how I reviewed The Varth Sleep in the style of Raymond Chandler, but who wants to read that?

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. I get the feeli Barth is such a lyrical writer, especially compared to most of the brooding postmodernist set.

I’m no classicist, but I would think I’d know enough to navigate these reasonably well, but they seem to get lost in manipulating own ersatz period mechanics. Nov 03, Nate D rated it liked it Recommends it for: The essay later came to be seen by some as an early description of postmodernism.


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Barth’s fiction continues to maintain a precarious balance between postmodern self-consciousness and wordplay on the one hand, and the sympathetic characterisation and “page-turning” plotting commonly associated with more funhokse genres and subgenres of classic and contemporary storytelling.

I’ve discovered I prefer my postmodernism in light doses, enriching rather than supplanting the traditional parts of literature, like plot and character. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Want to Read saving….

I had to grit my teeth, take breaks, verb phrase preserving the series. I’ll have to try out his novels, which I’m sure are a little more focused.

Sep 16, MJ Nicholls rated it it was ok Shelves: After that begun the downfall of this book for me, not due to the lack of interesting elements but uninteresting subject matter with which, I could in no way had have connected.

View all 15 comments. We get it, Menelaus’ immortality is real, if linguistic ” It is a path Ambrose would like bzrth take but cannot.

Lost in the Funhouse was nominated for the National Book Award Barth would win the award for his next book, Chimerain In other words, they were only able to buck its conventions, because they had already benefitted from the system that had created the conventions. I love how Barth captures the essence of a child, with all the imagination and arms-length lot, but still shows him playing along with his own role.

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