EXERCISES IN STYLE RAYMOND QUENEAU PDF

Dennis Duncan From the Reviews: "I am willing to bet that this unassuming little volume, first published in France in , will prove to be one of the more enduring works of 20th-century French literature. T his is a truly original work, even by international standards. In its witty, glancing way, it makes a greater contribution to the philosophy of language than many a portentous, academic tome. Barbara Wright has exactly caught the spirit of the book, and where direct translation was not possible -- as, for instance, in the case of the variations in country dialect or argot -- she has transposed creatively into such corresponding forms as West Indian immigrant speech or Cockney jargon. Her rendering deserves the highest praise, but of course it remains a British-English version. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.

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Dennis Duncan From the Reviews: "I am willing to bet that this unassuming little volume, first published in France in , will prove to be one of the more enduring works of 20th-century French literature. T his is a truly original work, even by international standards.

In its witty, glancing way, it makes a greater contribution to the philosophy of language than many a portentous, academic tome. Barbara Wright has exactly caught the spirit of the book, and where direct translation was not possible -- as, for instance, in the case of the variations in country dialect or argot -- she has transposed creatively into such corresponding forms as West Indian immigrant speech or Cockney jargon.

Her rendering deserves the highest praise, but of course it remains a British-English version. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.

We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. Then there are the linguistic variations, as the story is told in anagrams as well as a variety of permutations recall that Queneau would go on to be a founding member of the Oulipo , taken apart and listed by the different parts of speech, or even just entirely in the form of interjections.

Among the more straightforward approaches is a brilliant awkward turn, an entirely dream-like variation, and variations of the story told entirely in terms of each of the senses in turn tactile, olfactory, etc. Exercises in Style is a true classic, and as essential as any twentieth century text.

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As writing teachers and crime scene investigators know, a hundred different people could witness the same incident and describe it differently. But only Raymond Queneau, a French author with ties to the Surrealist movement, has put all one hundred accounts into a book. Okay, not quite one hundred. Queneau stopped after ninety-nine retellings of his story at least in the first edition of his work. Who would imagine that the repetition of the same sequence of events, presented 99 times in a row, would result in a classic? After a testy exchange, the young man moves to a vacant seat. Later that same day, he is seen standing in front of a train station, where a friend is advising him to adjust one of the buttons on his overcoat.

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Shelves: favorites , queneau , infinite-books Only one book has ever changed my life god, if only things were so simple that a book could change your life! It certainly didnt unearth profound aspects of my personality that until that point were latent, it didnt give me any guiding path in life to tread, it didnt suddenly instill value into things that I before considered to be without value. That Joyce was kind enough, generous enough, to create a work so complex, that resonates on so many levels and in so many poetic and humorous and satiric and intellectual and dramatic tones; and most of all, best of all, that he demands that his reader work a fraction as hard as he did. Because he knew that what he possessed inside himself, if expressed correctly, was capable of bringing a shimmer of aesthetic recognition across the imagination unlike anything that had come before or after. There really is only literature before- and after-Joyce, no matter your opinions on Ulysses itself. It is the Theory of Relativity for the arts.

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