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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And all the good will that he earns from so beautifully funhluse a story like “Lost in the Funhouse,” he wastes on “Menelaiad. It says so much about our expectations of literature, and the relationship between the writer and reader! National Book Award Finalist for Fiction Maximalism — Thou shall leave no literary device unturned.

Barth is sometimes too clever for his own good, but he’s always an optimistic, fascinating writer, and I enjoyed those stories I understood and took a pass on those I didn’t.

Consider how dreadful so far: So yes, my inner monologue, ‘”‘I’m still not sure if ‘Meleniad’ is anything but an exercise in quotation marks'”‘. Dec 30, Dxmaniac69 rated it liked it Shelves: Jorge Luis Borges The Aleph: I love I read this over a span of several weeks, really. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. A familiarity with Greek mythology is recommended. Quotes from Lost in the Funhouse.

Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth

A few stories in, and I was ready to put this on a shelf with Calvino, Nabokov, and the other luminaries of post-modern meta-fiction. I’ll have to try out his novels, which I’m sure are a little more focused. His older brother acts cool around Magda and Ambrose hates that. Bookended almost with two rather exceptional stories, “Ambrose His Mark” and “Anonymiad”, with an absolute knockout in the middle, John Fuhhouse Lost in the Funhouse astonishes and disappoints in almost equal measure.


This part ought to be dramatised. View all 3 comments.

He is afraid in the funhouse, like he is afraid in life. This and Giles Goat-Boy are both phenomenal. For whom is the funhouse a house? Jan 20, Franco Santos rated it really liked it Shelves: The imagery the funhouse mirrors, which Barth revisits through repeated phrases in the story and the keen eye for detail Ambrose wonders if he could see forever in the funhouse mirrors by using a periscope, thus employing the imagery of the Second World War that hangs over every scene in the story enable the it to rise above his constant infatuation with the seams in the narrative.

Peter and Magda go off by themselves, and Ambrose is left alone in the funhouse. To ask other readers questions about Lost in the Funhouseplease sign up.

Earlier in the book, we have more linear narratives that can lag due mainly to their comedic conceits not being funny enough to propel their complete lengths; later, we run into complete deconstruction that may lack any content besides its own form, or Greek mythologies repurposed to obscure meta-purposes.

It’s all very clever, but the content, for me, sometimes fails to keep pace with the clevern 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. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Just look at the opening story, “Night-Sea Journey. Sep 16, MJ Nicholls thf it it was ok Shelves: Nov 03, Nate D rated it liked it Recommends it for: This is not a review bart it’s a reaction.


It was full of inter-textual and metafiction notes – in other words the author talking to himself about how the reader should or could interpret his works, his choices of words, his choices of plot devices, etc. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: 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 actually enjoy metafiction, but it was really very hard to keep reading this absurd collection of stories. And, by the way, in one of his other stories collected here, Menelaiadan entire paragraph consists of quotation marks. View all 22 comments. But then should you.

It is as if the author felt it necessary to delete the names for reasons of tact or legal liability. We get it, Menelaus’ immortality is real, if linguistic ” A Smart Alec he is! He is at that awkward, thirteen-year-old time in his life. People are going to find this review inevitably off-putting, Sentimental Surrealist.

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In other words, they were only able to buck its conventions, because they had already benefitted from the system that had created fungouse conventions. The fictional Ebenezer Cooke repeatedly described as “poet and virgin” is a Candide-like innocent who sets out to write a heroic epic, becomes disillusioned and ends up writing a biting satire.

The second is told in third-person, written in a deliberately archaic style. And who takes DFW seriously when he says those unnice things about our Barth-man?