Lost in the Funhouse

  • by John Barth
  • Narrated by Kevin Pariseau
  • 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

John Barth's lively, highly original collection of short pieces is a major landmark of experimental fiction. Though many of the stories gathered here were published separately, there are several themes common to them all, giving them new meaning in the context of this collection.


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Darwin ate (U) his mark.

(A.) Once upon a time there was a review that began: (B.) (b.) Once upon a time there was a review that began (a.)

Barth wrote a novel for himself. He wrote a novel to himself. He doesn't care about you. He is not writing for you. He is not going to make you eat yourshort fiction or even make you shoot the gun sitting on the fictional wall next to you.

Barth makes me sometimes regret my decision to not go to Johns Hopkins. What was I thinking? Perhaps, I could have met Barth. Perhaps, I did go to Johns Hopkins and I did meet Barth in another story in another life. Or, perhaps, I just don't remember, or perhaps I am dreaming I lived a life where I didn't meet Barth.

Why am I trying to even write a Meta-review of Barth well developed for its age? It is all that is left when or after (when is always in the midst of becoming after) I figure I really have both nothing to say and saying anything would be wrong or too much. This book explodes everywhere. Examining :: exhuming :: exhausting each fragment would be too much work too soon.

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 drowning. I have nothing left to add. Nothing new that I can capture. No heritage to contribute. No flower to pollinate. No stylized ambition. No original thoughts. The WORLD and the WORD are both paraded parodies WE.
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- Darwin8u "I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^"

Need a quiet space and no distractions.

These stories are so much about language and structure, that I really feel like I missed a lot. This is a book which demands a pair of headphones and an easy chair, or to be experienced on the page.
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- A. Attella "LilyB612"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-07-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios