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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Lost in the Funhouse

Apart from this, Night sea journey, Petition, Autobiography- A self recorded fiction, Title are few others which I enjoyed and the use of language in most of them is very impressive.

A set of stories, some clever, some so damn clever that they are almost grating.

This aspect of the metaphor is actually extensively rejected by Wallace. May 30, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing.

He is at that awkward, thirteen-year-old time in his life. Lists with This Book. My frustration with this book may stem from my college English class discussions, in which three or four pretentious boys dominated the entire discussion.

Feb 03, Nathan “N. Although I wonder less if I might be a character in a novel than how I can become a character in a novel. Of course this can be taken too far and that’s when you get silly things like having one word per page, or thirty blank pages is an artistic statement really worth all that paper?


No mistake here, I checked the galley-proofs: And, by the way, in one of his other stories collected here, Menelaiadan entire paragraph consists of quotation marks.

It’s interesting to compare these stories to those in his later work “The Development”.

Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth

I have an exam tomorrow on this, and it just became a little more clear to me how this story unfolds! There was no such girl, the simple truth being. Then he wishes he were dead. For Ambrose it is a place of fear and confusion.

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Perhaps, I could have met Barth. Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. View all posts by Matt.

It understands and points out the devices it is using. For one thing he is just entering adolescence, and the fun house clearly has sexual connotations for him and the narrator, a confused adolescent of a writer: So extremely Droste-recursive and painfully self-consciously meta-fictional there’s almost no room for any.

For all the evils of postmodernism there is a vibrant allure about some of the earlier works, a sense of wonder, and limitless imagination – stories with no rules.

But the ideas behind the stories are powerful and force you to approach ficton in a new way. 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 Smart Alec he is! People are now looking down their noses at a lot of rock music and holding disco up alongside Beethoven, which sure wouldn’t have happened thirty years ago I think you need to rethink your approach, man], but what the hell do I know So, let’s to the point, now that I’m so far gone up my own ass that I can see my own digestive tracts working, and it’s so gross ffunhouse I’m gonna throw down a rope ladder so I boogie on outta here.

The main dude of the story.

Came here by searching for brain painting. His older brother acts cool around Magda and Ambrose hates that. Character Ambrose will be recycled there. So, basically, I continue to find Barth interesting but rather trying.