Reading Roundup: Great Books Explores Lost In The Funhouse

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Lost in the Funhouse

The Fauquier County Public Library Great Books Club met recently to discuss Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth.  This year, our discussion group has been reading from the Short Story Omnibus. The short stories we have discussed focus on mood, rather than plot. In Barths’ “Lost in the Funhouse” we were introduced to a young boy who is coming of age. This story also reflects the young author coming into an understanding of his unique position relative to others.  Our discussion focused on the way the boy found himself (both literally and figuratively) “lost in the funhouse;” present to and yet set apart from the others around him.  Wandering in a forgotten part of the fun house the boy seems more isolated than ever and yet this is where he finds a voice and we begin to see the true depths of his ties to humanity.  We discussed the process by which the boy discovers his personal gifts and struggles with the burden of accepting them.Updike

Last discussion of 2015

Our last meeting of 2015 will be held Monday, December 7 at 7 p.m. Join us in the library program room to discuss John Updike’s Tomorrow and Tomorrow and So Forth. Updike is known as an author of short stories, with dozens of his stories published in the pages of the New Yorker. He is also the recipient of many literary prizes, awards, and honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, twice each; the Pen Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Rea Award for the Short Story; and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is among a select few to have received both the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts. You can learn more about John Updike with access to our Biography in Context via our online resources page.

Stay tuned for our announcement of 2016 titles! Reading selections are always listed on our Reading Page. We hope you will join us in December!

∼ Jody, Adult Reference, Warrenton central library

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