Exercises in Style
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Exercises in Style

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 131 x 198 x 12mm | 158g
  • Alma Books Ltd
  • Alma Classics
  • Richmond, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Special edition
  • Special edition
  • ill
  • 184749241X
  • 9781847492418
  • 16,296

About Raymond Queneau

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.show more

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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 Guardianshow more

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