Exercises in Style has ratings and reviews. Manny said: MetaFrom what point of view should I review the book? Evidently: from all possible po. In “Exercises in Style,” first published in Paris in , Raymond Queneau repeats it 99 times, each time transforming it in some way. The first. exercises, they all do tell the same story about a minor brawl in a bus, and . in fact I saw somewhere that Exercices de Style is Queneau’s best seller among the.

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Soon I couldn’t get off even if I mustered the courage to do so, my feet hurt so. The Best Books of O Raymond, Raymond Queneau! Or “Litotes”, an exercise which does not appear to use the rhetoric form named in its title at all. Given the ascendancy of fragmented and recursive narrative techniques in current-day literary fiction, the experimental approach that Queneau unleashed on an unsuspecting public back in the s might just find an even more receptive audience in the present moment.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. You’re coming to bed with me. The Surrealists tried to achieve a sort of pure expression from the unconscious, without mediation of the author’s self-aware “persona. But you know, writers have this metathing going on these days, you know. Work them to the bone. It is exdrcises profound stgle into the exercisfs of language.


Cockney slang is a substitute for ‘Vulgaire’, and the rhyming poetic couplets in the Alexandrine style have likely lost much of their glimmer. Vlad had impeccable taste.

Exercises in Style by Raymond Queneau

And there are many more like this, and many others that are witty, intelligent, or penetrating in other ways. I have never seen not so humble as when she encountered my dedication while reading quietly in exercuses. Are they the right stories? Selected Writings Guillaume Apollinaire. View all 16 comments.

Now I’ll have to settle for being the stooge who always arrives late bleating on about conflated misandry.

Return to Book Page. It’s like being trapped by a comic peerless prankster writing and rewriting and rewriting. Give me an A!

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Still, nerdy I may be, but at least I am in good company: As the years passed I put my experience in the German art gallery down to an overactive imagination. The Captain’s Verses Pablo Neruda. However he quickly abandoned the dispute and threw himself on to a seat which had become vacant. In short, I had a great time.

In each, the narrator gets on the “S” bus now no. Ted Gioia writes on literature, music and popular culture.

This is worse than The Iliad my teacher forced me to read. These writings are often hilarious, but also a lot of fun for anyone who appreciates the strengths and flexibility of language.


Exercises in Style

I flung ideas at my ever-patient partner about the dialectic of why I thought what I thought, asking to be challenged because this book is seductive by nature and intellectual by design and how can a reader resist the temptation to attack such a potent combination?

So, what is fiction? Indeed, he has one crammed with Anglicisms, another written phonetically in a French mispronounced by Englishmen “Poor lay Zanglay”and another in Dog Latin. What I do appreciate about this reading experience is this: Then he saw me and his mood changed.

The premise of this book is simple – a little anecdote about a man on a bus, a story so bland that you wouldn’t even put it into your cycle of small talk. Nobody runs around recommending their friends to try out the new burger joint in town that gives you the same fascist shit as the Golden Arches. Usually when I decide to read a book, I do it with the knowledge that I will gain something new with each chapter, but Queneau gave me none of that.