exercises, they all do tell the same story about a minor brawl in a bus, and . in fact I saw somewhere that Exercices de Style is Queneau’s best seller among the. In “Exercises in Style,” first published in Paris in , Raymond Queneau repeats it 99 times, each time transforming it in some way. The first. Exercises in Style has ratings and reviews. Manny said: MetaFrom what point of view should I review the book? Evidently: from all possible po.

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In each, the narrator gets on the “S” bus now no. Sitting in the bus, up the back with the other non-conformists, I wrote many opening sentences and discarded those, concocted a structure and buried it under a dense blanket of autobiographical rhetoric which I consigned to the bonfire of my vanity, and considered simply silence, as the excruciating riposte.

Ultimately, it comes down to the fact that it’s all better in theory. I do have some working Pearls before a swine? Published February 17th by New Directions first published Later, in another part of town, Queneau sees the man being advised by a friend to sew a new button on his overcoat. View all 15 stlye. What is really needed, however, would be a bilingual edition, with the different versions on facing pages, and annotations explaining the different processes used.

This edition also retains Barbara Wright’s original introduction and reminiscence of working on this book — a translation that in was ranked first on the Author’s Society’s list of “The 50 Outstanding Translations of the Last 50 Years. Conscience-stricken I’m doing this? He seemed to be upset, so I worked up the courage to go up and talk to him.

View all 5 comments. Well, fuck me sideways. A strange man was just a few breaths away and qudneau gawking at my hand which was meantimes venturing quemeau wiry way between my legs. A Breath of Life Johnny Lorenz.


It rolled down my face and dripped onto a page. Two hours later, the narrator sees him again outside Saint Lazare station. She lifts her hand, moves it slowly, suggestively, sensuously, queneua, towards me, and, oh oh, she rests it gently on my book.

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But you know, writers have this metathing going on these days, you know. Then he saw me and his mood changed. Such a book would normally be untranslatable, and there are some noticeable changes from the original. On the artist’s part, it must have taken a lot of patience and hard-work.

Well, I should know better than to read this kind of book in the bathroom. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs.

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It probably fed some sort of obsession of his. The Best Books of This witty shape-shifting narrator should be enjoyed with a dose of few exercises at a time, otherwise it might lead to brain-indigestion and cause a brain-ache, which is definitely not healthy for you as a reader, nor it is fair towards Queneau while passing a quick judgement on Exercises in Style.

Fiction is when someone gently tugs this book out of your hands and quenaeu “You don’t need to read this continental crap, dear. Surprises But not everything Raymond did was brilliant! Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Tactile Buses are soft to the touch, especially raymnod you take them between the thighs and caress them with both hands, from the head towards the tail, from the engine towards the platform. To ask other readers questions about Exercises in Styleplease sign up. So we get various conversations, and reports given in a variety of accents, phonetically notated. So moving swiftly to the next bit Ite oise foule, nirlie.


Less funny than it could have been because of that it turned out to be. People who have a better eye for word play, will probably enjoy this book better.

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But I suppose that’s the sad fate of re-reading old favorites It went down a treat for qyeneau accompanied by a few beers!. Quenwau Captain’s Verses Pablo Neruda. I can appreciate why that sort of minimalism takes skill to master, but I’m a reader for chrissakes – I want to be told a story, not subjected to a sort of narrative and syntactical bloodletting, experimenting with how many different ways we can tell the same story and still have it live.

Raymond Queneau was born in Le Havre inand went to Paris when he was A million points for creativity, I’ll give it that. I suppose Happy is the right word It’s a short, anticlimactic anecdote about a scuffle on a bus, told in exerciwes different styles.

An “Abusive” chapter heartily deplores the events; “Opera English” lends them grandeur. That This Susan Howe.

I vote for Alan Sugar. The present edition is beautifully laid out, and has the added advantage of two witty and informative essays by the translator. Queneau isn’t just clever, he’s an extremely fine writer; as significant here is the hand of Wright, who in this volume — which is much more than just a basic translation of the original Exercices de style — must be considered Queneau’s equal partner.