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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This is what they call passion. Yes, I confess to skipping lightly and sprightly over the last three Greek-mythology-based items.

I exist only in the imagination, though in between I am written down. The main protagonist is 13 harth old Ambrose who gets lost in the funhouse — any lodt reader would not have to work hard to see how a story of a pubescent teenage boy in the company of an uninterested teenage girl could find himself, both literally and metaphorically, lost in the funhouse.

But seriously, don’t read this book if you don’t know what you’re getting into; it would only annoy you. I get the feeli Barth is such a barrth writer, especially compared to most of the brooding postmodernist set.

A Smart Alec he is! Everything about Barth has already been transmitted, written about, alluded to, sketched on the soft walls of a thousand reflective uteruses by a million different swimming swimmers prior to bartg.

Sure, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler is perhaps more lighthearted and accessible–but, barfh, if you’re not educated enough to funhluse the Iliad and the Odyssey then you probably don’t want to read any Pomo novels anyway.


Ambrose His Mark and Petition were both quite remarkable and it was these exceptions that made the book almost readable. Barth uses the narrator to address issues of story writing — he mentions several different ways the story could end.

Why did we feel compelled to ufnhouse Joseph Heller and John Barth not to mention Gaddis, Gass, Pynchon, and even Don DeLillo until White Noise and rather buy it back from Italo Calvino and Milan Kundera in overpriced trade paperbacks fostered upon us by Reaganite American psychos in publishing hell-bent on inventing ways to make us spend twice as much on a product we needed only half as much.

Get fast, tbe shipping with Amazon Prime. The tragic implications are felt through the realization that the choice between art and life of necessity excludes thereafter the one not chosen. I simply lacked the ability to find any enjoyment in the process of reading this book.

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fuhnouse To ask other readers questions about Lost in the Funhouseplease batrh up. Once upon a time there was a review that began a. Well, that was the night he re met his bride to be and future book dedicatee, Shelly. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. You’ve read me this far, then?

Up through titular story p The reader! It is a path Ambrose would like to take but cannot. This is him at perhaps his best, although Sot-Weed Factor is a staggeringly brilliant book.

Jul 06, Jesse rated it really liked it. Write a customer review. See and discover other items: Later, fantasizing about finding his great love, he jphn her as someone who will appreciate him as a writer.


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Barth kept a list of the tasks taped to his wall while he was writing the book. 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. Girl Fnuhouse Curious Hair.

No mistake here, I checked the galley-proofs: The crazy, wacky funhouse could symbolize how Ambrose has trouble finding his way out of his emotions now that Magda has gone off.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Here, it seems, Mr. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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Recommended to Nate D by: With this dialogue we see history shift from the postmodern to the post-postmodern, or at least an attempt at the post-post. National Book Award Finalist for Fiction The last line of the story suggests that, for writers, or those who create rather than experience, there exists an emptiness — Ambrose, and perhaps Barth, as an author, realized that he will be forever in the role of “constructing funhouses for others,” never in the role as the lovers who are allowed inside.

The story ar I believe that John Barth’s “experimental novel” was a failure from beginning to end. At the time of publishing, all are available in the public domain. The Decline of Western Literature. John Barth’s lively, highly original collection of short pieces is a major landmark of experimental fiction.