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Discussing John Barth's Lost In The Funhouse

  • Oct 22, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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A collection of short stories, published separately and then anthologised, described by the author himself as "mainly late-modernist" and "postmodernist" (so that's a start), which came out (it says on Wikipedia) of Barth's own reflections on the end of the usefulness of realism in fiction published in "The Literature of Exhaustion".

Apparently, in each story, the characters "search, each in his own way, for their purpose and the meaning of their existence", it says on the back of my copy of the book. Perhaps more importantly, Barth himself says in his introduction to the latest edition, he wanted the stories to be strung together and "circle back upon itself: not to close a simple circuit like that of Joyce's Finnegans Wake, emblematic of Viconian eternal return, but to make a circuit with a twist to it, like a Mobius strip, emblematic of - well, read the book."

And so we shall!

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  • Martina

    Great group of people and conversation. The usual enjoyable balance between deep thought and laughter while discussing our beloved postmodern (anti?) heroes..!

    1 · October 24, 2013

  • Andrew

    This transcript of a Yale lecture on Lost in the Funhouse is interesting reading. Shame I only found it now!

    2 · October 23, 2013

    • Mick

      It clarifies a few things but doesn't make the book appear any more interesting.

      October 23, 2013

  • Deepa S

    Thanks all for including me in your group last night! I enjoyed and benefited from lively discussion. Hope to see you all again!

    3 · October 23, 2013

    • Russell

      Good to see you there & glad you enjoyed the conversation!

      October 23, 2013

  • Perle

    Got people coming round to view my flat - gotta change rsvp - darn

    October 21, 2013

  • Russell

    In Rhodes down on the coast reading Funhouse. Becomes more apt as I read...

    1 · September 26, 2013

    • Richard I.

      Looking forward to hearing why!

      October 22, 2013

  • Martina

    Hi everyone, I'm happy to share an electronic version of the book if someone needs it.

    October 15, 2013

    • Krystyna

      Oh I would love to get it :)

      October 15, 2013

    • Martina

      Hi Krystyna, if you send me your address by private message I'll email it over :)

      October 16, 2013

  • Tiziana

    Will have to miss this, sadly (Frankfurt Book Fair...)

    August 8, 2013

    • Tiziana

      No I didn't realise, that's great! I've changed my RSVP :)

      September 20, 2013

    • Tiziana

      By the way Richard, considering your interest in Shakespeare and Hamlet, you might be interested in this talk which is on the night before:­

      September 20, 2013

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