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    Lost in the Funhouse E–pub/E–book Lost in the Funhouse John Barth’s collection of fourteen metafictional short stories could take the cupcake for the most extreme form of self reflexive postmodern literature ever written Frame Tale is ten words long on a Mobius stri

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    Lost in the Funhouse E–pub/E–book review Lost in the Funhouse Well to be honest I found this book to be almost as painful as La Disparition by Georges Perec reviewed here on GR It was f

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    review Lost in the Funhouse Lost in the Funhouse E–pub/E–book Free read Õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ó John Barth Lost in the Funhouse started off on a positive note and acuired my attention due its various meta fictional tricks for whi

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    Lost in the Funhouse E–pub/E–book “Indeed if I have yet to join the hosts of the suicides it is because fatigue apart I find it no meaningfuller to drown myself than to go on

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    Lost in the Funhouse E–pub/E–book review Lost in the Funhouse I've discovered I prefer my postmodernism in light doses enriching rather than supplanting the traditional parts

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    Lost in the Funhouse E–pub/E–book John Barth ó 5 Summary Free read Õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ó John Barth 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 s

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    Lost in the Funhouse E–pub/E–book John Barth ó 5 Summary review Lost in the Funhouse Something Similar Writers learn from their experience of other writers as well as from their experience of life in the world; it was the happy marriage of form and content in Borges's ficciones the way he regularly turned his narrative means

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    Lost in the Funhouse E–pub/E–book Two very brilliant stories and a whole kaboodle of indigestible bollocks Yes I confess to skipping lightly and sprightly over the last three Greek mythology based items What is it with this Greek tripe? But like many a cd I have purchased the two good ones were worth the price of entry This collection is – it s

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    Lost in the Funhouse E–pub/E–book John Barth ó 5 Summary Free read Õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ó John Barth The reader You dogged uninsultable print oriented bastard it's you I'm addressing who else from inside this monstrous fiction You've read me this far then? Even this far? For what discernible motive? How is it you don't go

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    Lost in the Funhouse E–pub/E–book John Barth ó 5 Summary Free read Õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ó John Barth Disappointing This soi disant landmark in ex

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review Lost in the Funhouse Free read Õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ó John Barth John Barth ó 5 Summary Barth's lively highly original collection of short pieces is a major landmark of experimen. Lost in the Funhouse John Barth s collection of fourteen metafictional short stories could take the cupcake for the most extreme form of self reflexive postmodern literature ever written Frame Tale is ten words long on a Mobius strip Night Sea Journey a ten pager an occasionally light occasionally dark brooding on life and death in the tradition of Blaise Pascal s Pens es and the longest piece in the collection Lost in the Funhouse about a young boy on the threshold of his teenage years a story that awakened my own buried complex emotions when I was of similar age a story utilizing metafictional techniues in the telling of a traditional coming of age tale However to give a reader a decided taste of John Barth s scrumptious vanilla with honey cream cheese frosting cupcake collection I will focus on one of my favorite of these delectable specimens the title of which is and let us not be shocked since we are talking metafiction Title Here goes with my linking Title with a batch of major themes in the world of the postmodern Poiumena Big word but don t be put off it means a story about the very process of creating a story even the very story we are reading as in the first short paragraph of Title Beginning in the middle past the middle nearer three uarters done waiting for the end Consider how dreadful so far passionless abstraction pro dis And it will get worse Can we possibly continue Actually it does continue for another nine pages and fortunately this metafictional story gets better not worse Better that is if you are into metafictionIrony and Playfulness The first person narrator we can call him John John I have no shame as I just used this silly name in a previous John Barth review tells us directly how he is reuired to develop a plot and theme by getting down and dirty into some serious conflicts and complications Of course big difference between talking about conflicts and actual conflicts just as there is a big difference between reading about a fistfight and the reality of exchanging blows and coming home with a bloody nose The authors of metafiction have the smallest number of bloody noses per page compared with all other genres No kidding I did the counting myself Pastiche In postmodern literature pasting together various genres or styles Not to be outdone John John pastes together a story with digressions on grammar direct addresses to the reader William Faulkner swearwords reflections on self reflexive fiction writing among others And by the way in one of his other stories collected here Menelaiad an entire paragraph consists of uotation marks Minimalism As it turns out this John Barth collection includes a life story compressed into fourteen pages and an autobiography boiled down into six pages Does it get any minimal that that One way minimalism can be defined is the manner in which an author will provide the barest descriptions and ask the reader to fill in the blanks Again not to be outdone in Title John 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 By my latest count I filled in the blank twenty seven times Maximalism Thou shall leave no literary device unturned In his author s Forward to this collection John Barth informs us writers tend by temperament to be either sprinters or marathoners and how really really short fiction is not his long suit But after tapping many the literary device in a string of doorstopper novels he wanted to by golly get his fiction in those collections of short stories the kind of books he always uses to teach from Not all of a writer s motives are pure Thus we have Title and the other short stories here Got to hand it to you Sir John you are a maximalist with a vengeance Metafiction A close cousin with a story about a story metafiction deals with writing about writing And there is plenty of such in Title as when we read Once upon a time you were satisfied with incidental felicities and niceties of techniue the unexpected image the refreshingly accurate word choice the memorable simile that yields deeper and subtler significances upon reflection like a memorable smile Somebody please stop me No problem John John I ll stop you As the dice below spell out we have reached the end I hope this short review provides enough information to enable a reader to judge if Lost in the Funhouse is your cupcake of tea And that s T as in Title

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review Lost in the Funhouse Free read Õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ó John Barth John Barth ó 5 Summary Tal fiction Though many of the stories gathered here were published separately there are s. I ve discovered I prefer my postmodernism in light doses enriching rather than supplanting the traditional parts of literature like plot and character It s all very well to dive into the deep end now and then but I will only follow you so long as you have a good reason for being there It s all extremely clever and original but throughout too much of Lost in the Funhouse I felt the author had very little meaningful to say Stories which are about writing stories in which nothing happens except the author talking about how he is writing a story in which nothing happens saying isn t this all uite boring but then you knew it was going to be boring because I told you it would be and yet even as I say this you keep reading ha ha joke s on you But that s the point you say It says so much about our expectations of literature and the relationship between the writer and reader Sure I get it And I m with you the first time maybe even the second But then let s please move on to something else This collection starts off really uite promisingly some of the first half is excellent but with each story proceeds to hammer the same single tired tone only a little harder each time until there s nothing left but a great piercing din and all you really want to do is just leave the room and sit in silence for a while I left the room at some point in the Greek cycle it was just too much for me

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review Lost in the Funhouse Free read Õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ó John Barth John Barth ó 5 Summary Everal themes common to them all giving them new meaning in the context of this collection. The reader You dogged uninsultable print oriented bastard it s you I m addressing who else from inside this monstrous fiction You ve read me this far then Even this far For what discernible motive How is it you don t go to a movie watch TV stare at a wall play tennis with a friend make amorous advances to the person who comes to your mind when I speak of amorous advances Can nothing surfeit saturate you turn you off Where s your shame Where indeedUp through titular story p94 everything was working for me In fact it had all the necessary elements of a tour de force a purloined apiary ontological gamete theory article adjective noun a metaphor that looked like a simile At one point my wife interrupted me to ask what I was reading so I told her You read some weird shit said she I m sticking with Wine SpectatorNight Sea Journey and Lost in the Funhouse are the first half highlights After that Barth heads up his ass so far the going gets rough to the point of unreadable I had to grit my teeth take breaks verb phrase preserving the series Life story and Title are both guilty of blank So extremely Droste recursive and painfully self consciously meta fictional there s almost no room for any No mistake here I checked the galley proofs this is what the author intendedThen B comes out of it and into something entirely different in the penultimate and tailpiece Menelaid and Anonymiad For the former it helps to 1 at least be acuainted with Greek mythology if not have recently read The Odyssey which I have 5 times in the past five years since I teach that work 2 not worry too much about all the nested uotation marks the first time through We get it Menelaus immortality is real if linguistic this isn t the voice of Menelaus this voice is Menelaus all there is of himSo the way I read LitF is not as discrete stories but as a curated set which read together comprise a work if not a novel of sorts I tend to think that the heady minstrel Ambrose is the narrating author of Title and Life Story penning his own crack up So when Barth heads up his ass in Menelaid and Anonymiad he comes out on the other side of sanity into a fully fictional world that he can now manipulate as author in the same way conventional folk perambulate He s a character whose awareness of his own fictionality has unmoored him from his docking my crux my core I m cutting you out there at the heart never to be filled a mere lacuna 177To go further would transmogrify review essay Suffice to say that if one is enough of a trouper to soldier through the middle section there s a big pay out Or at least there was for me 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 117Here we make an end bereft of all reference points Lost in the Funhouse 4255

  • Paperback
  • 205
  • Lost in the Funhouse
  • John Barth
  • English
  • 17 April 2020
  • 9780385240871