Lost in the Funhouse

by John Barth

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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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What other characters from literature you have read remind you of Ambrose? How has Barth presented the old story in new ways?

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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?

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