Exercises in Style

Exercises in Style


By (author) Raymond Queneau, Translated by Barbara Wright

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  • Publisher: Alma Classics
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 131mm x 198mm x 12mm | 158g
  • Publication date: 4 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Richmond
  • ISBN 10: 184749241X
  • ISBN 13: 9781847492418
  • Edition: Special edition
  • Edition statement: Special edition
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 63,251

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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.

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Author information

Raymond Queneau (1903 - 76) was a poet, novelist, editor, scholar and mathematician. He is best remembered for Exercises in Style and Zazie in the Metro.

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'Witty, playful, ingenious, it manages to transcend its own sophistication by a sort of verbal slapstick which Miss Wright translated into pure Groucho Marxism.' The Guardian