Disappointing This soi disant landmark in experimental fiction was stuffed with endless exercises in indulgence vague and rambling stories pretentious non seuiturs and assorted Greek gibberish The title piece Title and Petition were the only engaging and amusing stories here Most of the collection indulges in Barth s obsession with Victorian writing and Greek myth Night Sea Journey Meneliad and Anonymiad are insufferable despite the clever tricks and rare flashes of wit The middle story plays a brain busting game with the metafiction format though the content sags badly This territory has been explored with twice the panache by Gil Sorrentino Barth s work skews towards the cold and academic whereas Sorrentino never loses his steely humanity in spite of the high wire games 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 says here a major landmark of experimental fiction Well as landmarks go it was a bit of a Hadrian s WallTourist Where s Hadrian s wallLocal inhabitant of the area It s right thereTourist What that That s Hadrian s WallLocal Yes That s it Turns Away To Hide SmileGREAT to hide smileGREAT SHORT STORIESI love ones that work and these are my must read favouritesThe Library of Babylon Jorge Luis BorgesThe Aleph Jorge Luis BorgesHe takes absolutely mental ideas and applies a freezing cold scholarly logic to themThe Terminal Beach J G BallardA prose poem with most of the repertoire of sinister Ballard symbols included I think he missed the repertoire of sinister Ballard symbols included I think he missed empty swimming pool this time The Babysitter Robert CooverAstonishingly creepy and exciting he takes a stock horror story situation babysitter menaced by house intruder and chops it all p into fragments of time ite a simple method which touches of genius sometimes are Read it hereNight Sea Journey John BarthLost in the Funhouse John Barththe first a theological monologue by a spermatozoa described by MJ Nicholls as insufferable but by P Bryant as dazzling witty and daringly post Bonhoefferian the second a wonderful exercise in decay and rot the jejune story plods along and is attacked from within by its own grammar assumptions cliches and syntax The Suirrel Cage Thomas Dischthis is probably poor man s Beckett but I still love this story of a man in a cageFranz Kafka by Jorge Luis Borges Alvin Greenbergthis is a riff on Borges of course and is the mos. Barth's lively highly original collection of short pieces is a major landmark of experimen. ,
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In The Funhouse Fiction ForThe Funhouse Fiction For 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 subseuent decline in the fortunes of the Gutenberg family Sound familiar As it is his first collection of short fiction anomalous no matter one s response to the Funhouse please do pick p one of his long works the form in which his muse sings much so sweetlyHow seriously ought we regard the book s subtitle for Print Tape Live Voice But according to the Author s Note these pieces are intended for a variety of performance modalities take the print medium for granted but lose or gain nothing in oral recitation would lose PART OF THEIR POINT N ANY EXCEPT PRINTED FORM of their point n any except printed form for either print or recorded authorial voice but not for live or non authorial voice will make no sense nless heard in live or recorded voices male and female or read as if so heard intended for monophonic authorial recording either disc or tape for monophonic tape and visible but silent author may be said to have #Been Composed For Printed #composed for printed print monophonic recorded authorial voice stereophonic ditto in dialogue with itself live authorial voice live ditto in dialogue with monophonic ditto aforementioned and live ditto interlocutory with stereophonic et cetera my own preference You decide But then should you Well yes of course we are here to have a good time after all Altogether now chorally On with the Story Indeed Frame Tale How to write fiction with scissors in many fewer hours than that other guy with his whole cut Native Son up thing that no one wants to readAmbrose His Mark Water Message Lost in the Funhouse The Ambrose stories Please take a gander at these stories when you get around to placing LETTERS on your calendar Character Ambrose will be recycled there Lost in the Funhouse JB For whom is the funhouse fun DFW For whom is the funhouse a houseWith this dialogue we see history shift from the postmodern to the post postmodern or at least an attempt at the post post Famously DFW wrote his Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way in the margins of this here very story That s reason enough to read it And who takes DFW seriously when he says thosennice things about our Barth man You say mean things about your father all the time tooMenelaiad Perhaps the crowning achievement of this collection of literary stunts and dares Having se. Tal fiction Though many of the stories gathered here were published separately there are
John Barth º 3 downloadNt his nneeded but foisted student assistants into the stacks to discover frame Tales And Stories About and stories about and stories with stories inside them and such like you remember 1001 Nights etc his results indicated that no story within story had been written which bored down than four or five stories deep ie a story within a story within a story within a story Ah said Herr Barth I can indeed do much better I can go as deep as seven stories within stories within etcetera And he did The
*Result Looks Something Like *looks something like Love Or better Speak Menelaus cried to Helen on the bridal bed I reminded Helen in her Trojan bedroom I confessed to Eidothea on the beach I declared to Proteus in the cave mouth I vouchsafed to Helen on the ship I told Peisistratus at least in my Spartan hall I say to whoever and where I am And Helen answered vide supraWill that drive you mad How about sitting in the audience at Boston College on the eve of a wintery storm whilst Herr Meister Barth reads the entire damn thing inclusive of visual aids by way of cue cards keeping count of all of that and Well that was the night he remet his bride to be and future book dedicatee ShellyPassionate Virtuosity indeed 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 swimming John Barth Lost in the FunhouseDarwin ate U his mark A Once pon a time there was a review that began B view spoiler bOnce pon a time there was a review that began a hide spoiler Well to be began B view spoiler bOnce pon a time there was a review that began a hide spoiler Well to be I found this book to be almost as painful as La Disparition by Georges Perec reviewed here on GR 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 There is no linear narrative other than a few chapters with the same character Ambrose and his own set of neuroses I can see why the book was a bit revolutionary particularly in the hard to read section Menelaiad where he The World Rushed in uotes inside ofotes inside of Essential Business Networking uotes and the Anonymiad which is again some belly bottom writing about writing about writing It was not really a pleasant read but as it was on the Yale Online Course American Literature after 1945 I wanted to read it Not sure if other work by John Barth is readable but this book has certainly cured me of any curiosity I may have harboured I can deal with intertextuality in DFW and to a degree in Gaddis or Pynchon but in Barth it got to be as distracting as the missing e in La Disparitio. Everal themes common to them all giving them new meaning in the context of this collection.