Zazie in the metro

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Penguin Books, Feb 1, 2000 - Fiction - 156 pages
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Review: Zazie in the Metro (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)

User Review  - Michael Murray - Goodreads

If I am to be honest, I do find Queneau a bit of an acquired taste. It's the quality of the humour. Yes it's funny; yes, it must have been a cobweb dispeller in its day (all that Sartre for a start ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kati - Goodreads

What a fricking crazy book. Read full review


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This author of treatises on mathematics and other scholarly works has made his reputation writing comic novels. Queneau (through one of his characters) once defined humor as "an attempt to purge lofty feelings of all the baloney." Roger Shattuck interprets his philosophy: "Life is of course absurd and it is ludicrous to take it seriously; only the comic is serious." Life is so serious to Queneau that only laughter makes it bearable. He has written a play, screenplays, poetry, numerous articles, and many novels, the first of which, Le Chiendent (The Bark Tree), was published in 1933. In Exercises in Style (1947) he tells a simple anecdote 99 different ways. According to some critics, The Blue Flowers (1965) represents Queneau at his best. Its jokes, puns, double-entendres, deceptions, wild events, tricky correspondences, and bawdy language make it a feast of comic riches. The influence of Charlie Chaplin, as well as James Joyce is detectable in Queneau's fiction.

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