Exercises in Style

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New Directions Publishing, 1981 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 197 pages
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.
 

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In a way, this book is unreviewable. It is exactly what it says it is. Whether you like it or not is simply taste. Could be used as a reference book. Read full review

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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
28
PROGNOSTICATION
29
SYNCHYSIS
31
BIASED
109
SONNET
112
OLFACTORY
114
GUSTATORY
115
TACTILE
117
VISUAL
119
AUDITORY
121
TELEGRAPHIC
123

THE RAINBOW
32
WORD GAME
33
HESITATION
35
PRECISION
37
THE SUBJECTIVE SIDE
39
ANOTHER SUBJECTIVITY
41
NARRATIVE
43
WORDCOMPOSITION
45
NEGATIVITIES
46
ANIMISM
48
ANAGRAMS
50
DISTINGUO
51
HOMEOPTOTES
53
OFFICIAL LETTER
54
BLURB
56
ONOMATOPOEIA
58
LOGICAL ANALYSIS
60
INSISTENCE
62
IGNORANCE
65
PAST
67
PRESENT
69
REPORTED SPEECH
70
PASSIVE
72
ALEXANDRINES
74
POLYPTOTES
76
APHERESIS
78
APOCOPE
79
SYNCOPE
80
SPEAKING PERSONALLY
81
EXCLAMATIONS
83
YOU KNOW
85
NOBLE
86
COCKNEY
88
CrossEXAMINATION
90
COMEDY
92
ASIDES
95
PARECHESIS
97
SPECTRAL
98
PHILOSOPHIC
100
APOSTROPHE
102
AWKWARD
104
CASUAL
107
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125
PERMUTATIONS BY GROUPS OF 2 3 4 AND 5 LETTERS
129
PERMUTATIONS BY GROUPS OF 5 6 7 AND 8 LETIERS
131
PERMUTATIONS BY GROUPS OF 9 10 II AND 12
132
PERMUTATIONS BY GROUPS
133
HELLENISMS OF 1 2 3 AND 4 WORDS
134
REACTIONARY
136
Haiku
139
FREE VERSE
140
FEMININE
142
GALLICISMS
145
PROSTHESIS
146
EPENTHESIS
148
PARAGOGE
150
PARTS OF SPEECH
152
METATHESIS
154
CONSEQUENCES
155
PROPER NAMES
157
RHYMING SLANG
158
BACK SLANG
159
ANTIPHRASIS
161
DOG LATIN
162
MORE OR LESS
164
OPERA ENGLISH
165
FOR ZE FRRENSH
169
SPOONERISMS
170
BOTANICAL
171
MEDICAL
173
ABUSIVE
175
GASTRONOMICAL
177
ZOOLOGICAL
179
FUTILE
180
MODERN STYLE
182
PROBABILIST
184
PORTRAIT
186
MATHEMATICAL
188
WEST INDIAN
190
INTERJECTIONS
191
PRECIOUS
192
UNEXPECTED
195
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