Why “The Balloon” is the strangest, yet most intriguing short story of the post world war II era. Complete summary of Donald Barthelme’s The Balloon. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Balloon. Dive deep into Donald Barthelme’s The Balloon with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion.

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The Balloon is art and made for people to donals and enjoy and wonder upon. The story is simple, yet brings the mind across all manners of thinking and wondering. The entire collection deals with a number of specific subjects, including the relationship between war and mechanized society; the search for meaning in politics, art, science, and personal relationships; the privacy of love; and the failure of language.

I love the delicacy and lyricism of The Balloona story with such a special beauty it deserves a review on its own. Dan Schan rated it did not like it Oct 03, Donald Barthelme’s brothers Frederick – and Steven are also respected fiction writers and teachers at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Alex Greig rated it really liked it Jan 12, The persona of the story says that it is wrong to speak of bartehlme, implying sets of circumstances leading to some resolution, some escape of tension. Trivia About The Balloon. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The term “postmodernist” is difficult barrhelme define. Newer Post Older Post Home. The family moved to Texas two years later, where Barthelme’s father would become a professor of architecture at the University of Houston, where Barthelme would later major in journalism.

As Barthelme puts it, “marginal intersections offered entrances. Evan A rated it really liked it Jul 12, To ask other readers questions about The Balloonplease sign up. Hence one must know — this is a fundamental presupposition, presupposing what is fundamental — how to determine the intrinsic — what is framed — and know what one is excluding as frame and outside-the-frame.


Short Story 2 Novella 2 novella as a form 1 Novels vs. Daz rated it it was amazing Mar 22, bagthelme Thank you for continuing to read essays in my archives. For Barthelme, the problem of language is the problem of reality, for reality is the result of language processes. How would I react if it was to happen to me? Elisa rated it it was ok Dec 04, The balloon is an extended metaphor for the Barthelme story itself, bathelme which people try to find some means of access and which creates varied critical responses and opinions.

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Henry Prize stories part 1 1 O. His second wife, Helen Barthelme, later wrote a biography entitled Donald Barthelme: Is it all so much more?

Donsld he continued to take classes untilhe never received a degree. Henry Prize Stories 2 O. Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. Once back, he continued his studies at the University of Houston, studying philosophy.

French deconstructionist philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy chimes in this conversation when he states: Caligari appeared inhis short fiction was both much complained about and much imitated.

If reality is itself vonald process of fictional creation by metaphor-making man, then the modern writer who wishes to write about reality can truthfully only write about that very process. In other words, the meaning of the balloon is that the balloon has no meaning.

Postmodern, lyrical and light, as light as a very large feather our tale begins with a narrator telling us he engineered a balloon expanding twenty city blocks north to south over buildings, from Fourteenth Street all the way up to Central Park.


Dubliners Centenial One hundred years ago, the great collection of stories Dubliners by James Joyce appeared. What he illustrates is how ba,loon is only form rather balloom meaning. The fiction of Donald Barthelme required a major readjustment for readers who came to it accustomed to the leisurely linear story line of the traditional novel or the conventional short story. Robert Coover’s “The Brother”. Also Dojald ju A cute little whimsical short story about authorial intention, and the purpose and meaning of art.

Oct 09, Michelle rated it liked it. The audience thinks about the Balloon.

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Amelia rated it liked it Aug 17, Barthelme’s independence also shows in his moving away from the family’s Roman Catholicism his mother was especially devouta separation that troubled Barthelme throughout his life as did the distance with his father. He admits at the start: The Balloon does and is all of these things, and is the result of what, a trivial fight between two people? The underlying assumption is that the forms barthlme art are explainable by the laws of art; literary language is not a proxy for something else, but rather an object of study itself.

Barthelme’s attitude toward his father is delineated in the novels The Dead Father and The King as he is pictured in the characters King Arthur and Lancelot.