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 FUNHOUSEby John Barth, John Barth is no doubt best known as a novelist, but his one collection of short stories, Lost in the Funhouse. LOST IN THE FUNHOUSE. JOHN BARTH. Lost in the Funhouse. For whom is the funhouse fun? Perhaps for lovers. For Ambrose it is a place of fear and.

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Donald Barthelme Barthelme – he had bxrth golden period where everything he did was hilarious and mad, so I could have chosen any of about The stories in Lost in the Funhouse display a professorial concern with fictional form. Barth’s commitment in this volume ghe write narratives that are aware of their role as such makes this quite a read and a blueprint for later pomo heavy-hitters such as DFW in that it is interested in using these devices as means to an end, not as ends in themselves like so much dead-end, pyrotechnic writing.

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You’ve read me this far, then? No flower to pollinate. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. People are going to find this review inevitably off-putting, Sentimental Surrealist.

This is not a review review; it’s a reaction. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. So, basically, I continue to find Barth interesting but rather trying. To be moved to art instead of to action by one’s wretchedness may preserve one’s life and sanity; at the same time, it may leave one wretcheder yet.


In fact, it had all the necessary elements of a tour-de-force: For Ambrose it is a place of fear and confusion.

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With Life Story and Menelaiad came this huge tsunami of almost everything meta one can think of. All banner artwork created by Stephanie Darke. 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 tge character.

I believe that John Barth’s “experimental novel” was a failure from beginning to end.

You can help by adding to it. Dec 30, Dxmaniac69 rated it liked it Shelves: Bookended almost with two rather exceptional stories, “Ambrose His Mark” and “Anonymiad”, with an absolute knockout in the middle, John Barth’s Lost in the Funhouse astonishes and disappoints in almost equal measure.

In fact, some sources have claimed that the same self-reflection factor in his story Echo is used in a more creative way in Fjnhouse Sot-weed factor and Giles Goat-boywhich I shall definitely look forward to read. This territory has been explored with twice the panache by Gil Sorrentino. The middle story plays a brain-busting game with the metafiction format, though the content sags badly.

Featured in my Top 20 Books I Read in ojhn Will that drive you mad? He doesn’t care about you. You’ve pretty much guaranteed that only English majors will want to read this book of course, it’s hard to imagine your average James Patterson fan enjoying John Barth [Wait a minute there, aren’t you supposed to be some sort of postmodernist?


And I’m with you the first time, maybe even the second. My two favorite stories were Title and Fhnhouse, although the first time I read Autobiography I felt like I had been punched in the stomach because of the subject matter and the really frank intensity he allows himself to write with.

I rated it three stars as I can see the writer has a level of talent, but it failed to interest me.

Lost in the Funhouse

We haven’t even reached ocean city yet: I’m not John Barth. A Novel Penguin Orange Collection. In iohn words, they were only able to buck its conventions, because they had already benefitted from the system that had created the conventions. Dear Mr Barth, As I yet again write you a letter in a review of a book about writing about writing about writing sigh! View all 7 comments.