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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions (8 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811220354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811220354
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 18.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On a crowded bus at midday, the narrator observes one man accusing another of jostling him deliberately. When a seat is vacated, the first man takes it. Later, in another part of town, the man is spotted again, while being advised by a friend to have another button sewn onto his overcoat. Exercises in Style retells this apparently unremarkable tale ninety-nine times, employing a variety of styles, ranging from sonnet to cockney to mathematical formula. Too funny to be merely a pedantic thesis, this virtuoso set of themes and variations is a linguistic rustremover, a guide to literary forms and a demonstration of imagery and inventiveness.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
very useful 8 May 2013
By mbg - Published on
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As a person who enjoys writing very much, I found this book not only entertaining and good from a writer's point of view, but also very charming.
Very Good Brain Food 8 Dec. 2013
By Chris Reich - Published on
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This book is a good tool to stimulate the mind. Take a very simple story. Now re-write that story a hundred different ways. The human mind is a playground and this book is a wonderful romp in that playground.

Who should read it? Anyone who must write. Business people, bloggers and sales people would benefit from reading this book. Seeing how many variations are available for such a simple event, opens thinking to better expression. The book is a gem and belongs on more bookshelves.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A must for writers 12 Mar. 2013
By Habil R. Yaman - Published on
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Queneau takes the most mundane of situations and writes it from 99 different points of view. Harris's translation probably even improves on the original. This is not a book for everyone. However, if you are a writer of any description, it is a must. It will also be enjoyed by people that are fond of the intricacies of language, modes of expression, and good writing. This new edition has a number of other writers paying homage to Queneau.
Great Product; Great Service 15 Aug. 2013
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The New Directions print is a great version of the Exercises in Style. Not only does the translation keep the stylistic quality of the original French, but this edition also contains other exercises not kept in the original print. Moreover, it also contains exercises from other authors. At its core, this is a good rhetorical exemplar for anyone who enjoys reading or writing.
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