Exercises in Style

Front Cover
New Directions Publishing, 1981 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 197 pages
14 Reviews
The plot of Exercises in Style is simple: a man gets into an argument with another passenger on a bus. However, this anecdote is told 99 more times, each in a radically different style, as a sonnet, an opera, in slang, and with many more permutations. This virtuoso set of variations is a linguistic rust-remover, and a guide to literary forms.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
11
4 stars
1
3 stars
1
2 stars
1
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - lucybrown - LibraryThing

Queneau sets for himself the challenge of writing the same story, and it is a very slight story indeed, using several different styles and techniques. This edition also includes the efforts of current ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - lucybrown - LibraryThing

Queneau sets for himself the challenge of writing the same story, and it is a very slight story indeed, using several different styles and techniques. This edition also includes the efforts of current ... Read full review

Contents

NOTATION 21 DOUBLE ENTRY
21
LITOTES
23
METAPHORICALLY
24
RETROGRADE
25
SURPRISES
26
DREAM
27
PROGNOSTICATION
29
SYNCH YSIS
31
GALLICISMS
145
PROSTHESIS
146
EPENTHESIS
148
PARAGOGE
150
PARTS OF SPEECH
152
METATHESIS
154
CONSEQUENCES
155
PROPER NAMES
157

THE RAINBOW
32
WORD GAME
33
HESITATION
35
PRECISION
37
THE SUBJECTIVE SIDE
39
ANOTHER SUBJECTIVITY
41
NARRATIVE 45 WORDCOMPOSITION
45
NEGATIVITIES
46
ANIMISM
48
ANAGRAMS
50
I4 OLFACTORY
119
AUDITORY
125
PERMUTATIONS BY GROUPS OF 5 6 7 AND 8 LETTERS
131
PERMUTATIONS BY GROUPS OF 9 10 ii AND 12
132
PERMUTATIONS BY GROUPS OF i 2 3 AND 4 WORDS
133
HELLENISMS
134
REACTIONARY
136
HAIKU
139
FREE VERSE
140
FEMININE
142
RHYMING SLANG
158
BACK SLANG
159
ANTIPHRASIS
161
DOG LATIN
162
MORE OR LESS
164
OPERA ENGLISH
165
FOR ZE FRRENSH
169
SPOONERISMS
170
17 BOTANICAL 175 MEDICAL 175 ABUSIVE
175
G ASTRONOMICAL
177
ZOOLOGICAL
179
FUTILE
180
MODERN STYLE
182
PROBABILIST
184
PORTRAIT
186
MATHEMATICAL
188
WEST INDIAN
190
INTERJECTIONS
191
PRECIOUS 95 UNEXPECTED
192
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

Bibliographic information