• Exercises in Style

    Exercises in Style (Paperback) By (author) Raymond Queneau, Translated by Barbara Wright

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    Short Description for Exercises in Style 'A pointless anecdote told in 99 different ways, or a work of genius in a brilliant translation by Barbara Wright. In fact it's both. Endlessly fascinating and very funny.' Philip Pullman This special edition contains a foreword by Umberto Eco with an essay by Italo Calvino.
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    • Publisher: Alma Classics
    • Published: 04 September 2013
    • Format: Paperback 224 pages
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    • ISBN 13: 9781847492418 ISBN 10: 184749241X
    • Sales rank: 62,960

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  • On a crowded bus at midday, the narrator observes one man accusing another of jostling him deliberately. When a seat is vacated, the first man takes it. Later, in another part of town, the man is spotted again, while being advised by a friend to have another button sewn onto his overcoat. Exercises in Style retells this apparently unremarkable tale ninety-nine times, employing a variety of styles, ranging from sonnet to cockney to mathematical formula. Too funny to be merely a pedantic thesis, this virtuoso set of themes and variations is a linguistic rustremover, a guide to literary forms and a demonstration of imagery and inventiveness.