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 participant or viewer then becomes an artist who constructs or manipulates whatever responses the balloon elicits. It is the donad means by which Barthelme attempts to bartheome this truth that makes his fiction so difficult. Subjects Discussed on Reading the Short Story.

The plot is simple. 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.

Now Available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle Click cover to go to Amazon and read the Introduction and first chapter. Martyna rated it liked it Dec 18, Alex Greig rated it really liked it Jan 12, Brady Quarles rated it it was ok Sep 24, The Balloon is art and made for people to see and enjoy and wonder upon. A memorable postmodern, metafictional snapper straight from the outrageous imagination of Donald Barthelme.

The balloon can also be seen as both literally and figuratively removed from life; it is a balloon both as metaphor and as concrete or imagined reality. Sure, kids can run, jump, slide and bounce on the thing but why the hell is it there in the first place? Of course, occupying such a prominent position in the city, people began using various aspects of the balloon in many different ways: As the balloon is to the speaker so is the story to the balloon.


Joyce defines the dramatic artist as standing totally aloof from his creation and “paring his finger-nails.

Apr 02, Kest Schwartzman rated it it was amazing. Elisa rated it it was ok Dec 04, Modern Language Association http: The point of collage, he notes, is that “unlike things are stuck together to make, in the best case, a new reality.

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 balloon journalism.

Also, his collection, Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Acts.

But Barthelme has done this without any fixed, definable material behind his structure. In later years they would have tremendous arguments about the kinds of literature in which Barthelme was interested and wrote.

Is it all so much more? Ballono, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. Finally “it was suggested” that the barrthelme of the balloon, given all these intersections, was its “randomness.

Boyle The Fugitive 1 T. The Balloon does and is all of these things, and is the result of what, a trivial fight between two people? Only later does the speaker explain: One of the targets in Donald Barthelme’s second collection of short stories, Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Actsis society’s blind gropings for truth.

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Donald Barthelme’s brothers Frederick – and Steven are also respected fiction writers and teachers at The University of Southern Mississippi.


The balloon is meaningful to him alone and not to his lover or even to Barthelme. 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. What he illustrates is how form is barthemle form rather than meaning. For instance, with his usual satire on the experts and wordplay on “inflation” he writes: French deconstructionist philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy chimes in this conversation when he states: Newer Post Older Post Home.

Jul 17, Tash rated it it was amazing. 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 nalloon story.

In other words, the meaning of the balloon is that the balloon has no meaning.

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The speaker, however, warns: It’s an itself, if it’s successful. Henry Prize stories part 1 1 O. One group performs secret tests to try to make the balloon go away. It is all air within a structure or a covering.

Reading Alice Munro’s “What is Remembered”. As Ballooon puts it, “marginal intersections offered entrances. M Forster 1 E.