Last Updated on July 29, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 143
Although Barth abandoned his early formal study of music, he remains interested in it. In fact he said in an interview that as a writer he still thinks of himself as an arranger, ‘‘a kind of re-orchestrator.’’ What about ‘‘Lost in the Funhouse’’ strikes you as musical and why?
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Investigate the effects World War II had on the social and economic lives of Americans. How is the wartime setting significant to the story?
What other characters from literature you have read remind you of Ambrose? How has Barth presented the old story in new ways?
Barth has said that he believes that ‘‘Lost in the Funhouse’’ ‘‘would lose part of [its] point in any except print form.’’ Nevertheless, can you imagine a way that the story could be told on film, video, or the stage? What about a hypertext version for the computer?