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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
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's fair to say that Exercises in Style turns the current thinking about writing entirely, and brilliantly, on its head. --Yuka Igarashi (02/04/2013)

It's a testament to Queneau's ability as a writer, and just as interestingly, it sort of blows apart the idea of how many ways a story can be told--and how style can be more important than content. --Chad W. Post (01/23/2013)

It s fair to say that Exercises in Style turns the current thinking about writing entirely, and brilliantly, on its head. --Yuka Igarashi (02/04/2013)"

It will remind you of just how weird and infinite human language is.--Raphael Rubinstein (01/23/2013)

It s a testament to Queneau s ability as a writer, and just as interestingly, it sort of blows apart the idea of how many ways a story can be told and how style can be more important than content.--Chad W. Post (01/23/2013)"

About the Author

Blake Butler is the author of five books of fiction, including There Is No Year and Scorch Atlas; a work of hybrid nonfiction, Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia; and two collaborative works, Anatomy Courses with Sean Kilpatrick and One with Vanessa Place and Christopher Higgs. He is the founding editor of HTMLGIANT, "the Internet literature magazine blog of the future," and maintains a weekly column covering literary art and fast food for Vice magazine. His other work has appeared widely, including in The Believer, the New York Times, Fence, Dazed and Confused, and The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade. He lives in Atlanta.


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5.0 out of 5 stars very useful 8 May 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for writers 12 Mar. 2013
By Habil R. Yaman - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product; Great Service 15 Aug. 2013
By D. Koch - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Brain Food 8 Dec. 2013
By Chris Reich - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3.0 out of 5 stars The first quarter of the book was informative, but ... 29 Mar. 2016
By Peter A. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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The first quarter of the book was informative, but it got further and further away from a reasonable change in style as the book went on. It's worth getting this book though, if only for the first quarter.
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