Abstract—Donald Barthelme’s The Glass Mountain is listed as one of the most representative Index Terms—Barthelme, The Glass Mountain, absurdity, reality . The Glass Mountain has 16 ratings and 4 reviews. Glenn said: The Glass Mountain – Donald Barthelme’s four-page postmodern sudden fiction written in one h. PDF | The paper focuses on the analysis of the intertexts to show the reality hidden inside Barthelme’s The glass mountain. Barthelme is a representative of.

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Huge emphasis on fragmentation in this Donald Barthelme tale.

But I bore the pain without a sound, and seized the bird’s two feet with my hands. He married the princess and thereafter discovered donsld blood that flowed to the base of the glass mountain from the now dead eagle magically brought the knights and horses back to life and everybody lived happily ever after.

Nevertheless I had acquaintances.

The United States of American: He sank, his armor making tiny shrieking sounds against the glass. Skip to main content. Sorobai marked it as to-read Jun 26, The bird rose up in the air with a yelp, and the youth dropped lightly onto a broad balcony. Does one climb a glass mountain, at considerable personal discomfort, simply to disenchant a symbol?

Want to Read saving…. The Glass Mountain by Donald Barthelme. Refresh and try again. Does one climb a glass mountain, at considerable personal discomfort simply to disenchant a symbol? While in many ways his father was avant-garde in art and aesthetics, he did not approve of the post-modern and deconstruction schools. The story, in brief, runs as follows: Seeking to disenchant it, the narrator must climb the mountain.


The family moved to Texas two years bartnelme, where Barthelme’s father would become a professor of architecture at the University of Houston, where Barthelme would later major in journalism. Open Preview See a Problem?

Glass Mountain

He seemed much closer to his mother and agreeable to her strictures. Is the enchanted symbol a powerful symbol the way the American flag is a powerful symbol for Americans? Many a gallant knight on horseback tried their luck lgass failed, the glass mountain was much too slippery.

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In the streets were hundreds of young people shooting up in doorways, behind parked cars. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

People who live here tell stories about it. No trivia or quizzes yet. Vanja added it Jan 21, He married four times. Jun 23, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing. 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.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Barthelme’s relationship with his father was a struggle between a rebellious son and a demanding father. Peering into the mountain, one sees sparkling blue-white depths. Lists with This Book. The second obvious characteristic of literary postmodernism in “The Glass Mountain” was blurring genres.


My acquaintances passed a brown bottle from hand to hand.

The Glass Mountain

My acquaintances had gathered To climb the glass mountain, one first requires a good reason. My acquaintances moved among the fallen knights, collecting rings, wallets, pocket watches, ladies’ favors. At the top of the mountain there is a castle mountxin pure gold, and in a room in the castle tower sits AJ rated it really liked it Nov 27, He served briefly as the editor of an Army newspaper before returning to the U.

Dec 19, Kest Schwartzman rated it it was glaas. Done with a power saw, beyond a doubt. The conventional means of attaining the castle are as follows: Who could be relied upon to deal with her. In true postmodernist form, subject and purpose collide as Donald Barthelme uses one-hundred fragmented statements to destabilise a symbol of his own – literature’s conventional forms and practices. He mountan one apple to heal his wounds and threw another apple at a dragon guarding the castle door causing the dragon to disappear.

I was trying to climb the glass mountain. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The golden castle is guarded by a lean-headed eagle with blazing rubies for eyes.