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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Well, it was supposed to be about the author. At first, he recoiled. Then he saw me and his mood changed. That This Susan Howe.

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If you are a bit playful, love to puzzle stuff out, and love language, I can only recommend this little gem. But for the majority of the others, I can think of only a few possible motivations for their existence: Looking for beautiful books?

Sometimes having tete-a-tete with one of my friends and sometimes being the cynosure of some group discussions. Give me recognition that the brain is an organ just as unwieldy and unreliable as the heart or the kidney, and thinking your way out of something is sometimes the worst possible decision you could ever make.

But Queneau goes several steps too far in his mania, and soon forgets that there is difference between an exercise in style and a puzzle.


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This individual suddenly addressed the man standing next to him, accusing him of purposely treading on his toes every time any passengers got on or got off. The stories in this collection, while each varying dramatically at times in terms of style and voice, all seem to reflect upon the psychological implications of existing in the modern era of media and social pressures. I think it was the better for it. There is one variation, for example, that Queneau writes in “Loucherbem,” which I gather is a slang formerly used by Lyonnais butchers; Barbara Wright offers a rendition in Cockney rhyming slang, which is nowadays unintelligible to most Englishmen: The core story could even have been something Queneau himself witnessed, and wrote about it simply because essentially it’s of little or no importance.

Plus it has more headings than an Ian Graye review. In literature there are no bad themes, there are bad writers. Foundations of the Abundant Style. Oh, Queneau throws in a few more details. Apr 26, Roger Brunyate rated it it was amazing Shelves: It went down a treat for me accompanied by a few beers!.

On a crowded bus at midday, the narrator observes one man accusing another of jostling him deliberately. And actually, this is even more subtle.

I do have some working knowledge of English, but nowhere enough to understand the nuances of the language. Are they the right stories? To me it was just BLAH! Selected pages Title Page. And when I finished the book, I started wondering what the basic story amongst the 99 exercises was, indeed, whether it was possible to identify one at all, and how style and content relate in a work of literature. I looked up some of the more specific verse forms that escaped me on the first two reads and, oddly, smiled even more knowingly than the first and second times.


Exercises in Style

But dont take my word for it. Crude [Third person] He thought the book was fucking shit. Ecstasy swayed in my cold perspiration. But what follows, is the same incident played over and raymobd and over again.

How can one wish others to be Happy? It is the Theory of Relativity for the arts.

There is no doubt that philosophy, as a field of study and practice, takes as its defining characteristic to be critical thinking and a dependence on the foundations of logic.

View all 7 comments. Olfactory, Gustatory, Tactile, Visual, and Auditory. The exercises bristle with inventiveness, perception and originality, and I love them.