Exercises in Style

by Raymond Queneau, Barbara Wright and Chris Clarke

Exercises in Style

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Queneau uses a variety of literary styles and forms in ninety-nine exercises which retell the same story about a minor brawl aboard a bus

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Lost And Found: 5 Forgotten Classics Worth Revisiting

Speaking of style, it's seldom been married to content as perfectly as in this book by the French experimental poet Raymond Queneau, who offers 99 variations on a simple story: A man wearing a felt hat with a corded tassel boards a bus. He gets into an argument with another passenger. Two hours later he meets a friend and is told he needs a button sewn on his coat. Each entry is short — just a page or two, and tells the story in a different style: through the sense of smell,

Parul Sehgal

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