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Excrement in Piles,
This review is from: Exercises in Style (Oneworld Classics) (Paperback)
Sorry to break with the consensus on this supposed masterpiece, but I'm afraid that I found it a great big malodorous heap of merde. I could say that in 98 other ways but I'd surely bore the pants off you.
It's not that I'm a Wilbur Smith reader who just stumbled on this book by accident. I've read Queneau before and was interested by the concept behind this one of his efforts. But I came away extremely disappointed. I assume that Queneau is trying to be funny but the humour is terribly dated and didn't provoke the slightest snigger out of me. Equally, I found nothing that was remotely intelligent or thought-provoking - he might have tried to provide different perspectives in the style of Rashomon, say, but all you get is just whimsical piffle. And some of the exercises are the purest gibberish:
'pl rm fo an ov us sb aw is ou ay ma ng ho nw....'
- I hope that doesn't give away the plot!
This is just experimentalism for experimentalism's sake. A complete waste of time. Pretentious garbage.
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