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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Exercises in Style (1948) by Raymond Queneau

Raymond Queneau

Book Review
Exercises in Style (1948)
by Raymond Queneau

 Exercises in Style is the retelling of the same two paragraph story in 99 different styles.  A man is on a bus, another man steps on his shoes, he begins a confrontation and quickly abandons it in favor of occupying a recently vacated seat.  Some time later, an acquaintance tells him to add a button to his jacket.  

  The styles are legion:  Surprises, Dreams, Hesitation, Precision,  Visual, Auditory, Gustatory, Apheresis, Reported Speech, Insistence, Ignorance.  The list goes 99 deep. 

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