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Book Title: Exercises in Style|
Date of issue: February 17th 1981
ISBN 13: 9780811207898
The author of the book: Raymond Queneau
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 874 KB
Edition: New Directions
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From what point of view should I review the book? Evidently: from all possible points of view.
Needless to say, I am reading the original French edition. I can hardly believe that his delicate linguistic irony would survive translation into English. Quelle horreur!
I laughed until I wet myself. Well, I should know better than to read this kind of book in the bathroom.
If nothing else, very educational. I have already learned the names of two figures of speech I didn't previously know.
Wait... maybe someone else has already done this joke? Let me check the reviews. Oh, thank GoodReads, they haven't!
The idea is certainly amusing at first. But I doubt he'll be able to keep it up for 99 different versions.
Alright... this isn't as easy as one first thinks. I'm not even up to double figures, and I'm already running out of ideas. He was a smart guy.
I'm doing this? I should be working! But he is quite inspiring.
I will put the book on the coffee table, and read a couple of pages every now and then. I don't think you're meant to go cover-to-cover. Also, living in Cambridge as we do, I am sure that at least half our visitors will enjoy leafing through it.
Read information about the authorQueneau was born in Le Havre in 1903 and went to Paris when he was 17. For some time he joined André Breton's Surrealist group, but after only a brief stint he dissociated himself. Now, seeing Queneau's work in retrospect, it seems inevitable. The Surrealists tried to achieve a sort of pure expression from the unconscious, without mediation of the author's self-aware "persona." Queneau's texts, on the contrary, are quite deliberate products of the author's conscious mind, of his memory, his intentionality.
Although Queneau's novels give an impression of enormous spontaneity, they were in fact painstakingly conceived in every small detail. He even once remarked that he simply could not leave to hazard the task of determining the number of chapters of a book. Talking about his first novel, Le Chiendent (usually translated as The Bark Tree), he pointed out that it had 91 sections, because 91 was the sum of the first 13 numbers, and also the product of two numbers he was particularly fond of: 7 and 13.
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