Dea why anybody would want to read the same story 99 times over let alone write it Must ave nothing better to do with Officer and a Gentleman herhis life Sniff Not like some of us Oh ueneau But you know writersave this metathing going on these days you know Just The Necromancer's Dilemma have to show their practice forms you know can t be satisfied with just writing a book oh no theyave to show their working you know We used to do that in school For maths you know Book Words Repeated Character Same Scene No change Conclusion Run the logic past again will you This book A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 has no plot and no characters There were a number of reviews written about a book called Exercises in Style which was actually an exercise in style about another book called Exercices de Style which was about a not yet middle aged man with a long neck and aat with a string and not a ribbon on a bus in Paris apparently arguing with an older man on a bus in Paris because the not yet middle aged man with a long neck and a Hume hat with a string and not a ribbon on the bus in Paris thought that the older man on the bus in Paris was treading on the not yet middle aged toes of the not yet middle aged man with a long neck and aat with a string and not a ribbon on the bus in Paris and later the not yet middle aged man with a long neck and a Nehru's India Select Speeches hat with a string and not a ribbon no longer on the bus in Paris met a friend dressed similarly who apparently was telling the not yet middle aged man with a long neck and aat with a string and not a ribbon no longer on the bus in Paris that the button on the coat of the not yet middle aged man with a long neck and a El poder de Lady Wifi! (Miraculous [Prodigiosa Ladybug]. Cmic) hat with a string and not a ribbon no longer on the bus in Paris was placed too low on the coat of the not yet middle aged man with a long neck and aat with a string and not a ribbon no longer on the bus in Paris and needed to be placed was it love higher on the coat of the not yet middle aged man with a long neck and aat with a string and not a ribbon no longer on the bus in Paris and these other reviews seemed to suggest that there were as many views regarding this book about a not yet middle aged man with a long neck and a A Very Private Gentleman hat with a string and not a ribbon on a bus in Paris apparently arguing with an older man on a bus in Paris because the not yet middle aged man with a long neck and aat with a string and not a ribbon on the bus thought that the older man on the bus in Paris was treading on the not yet middle aged toes of the not yet middle aged man with a long neck and a Processing Syntax and Morphology hat with a string and not a ribbon on a bus in Paris and later the not yet middle aged man with a long neck and aat with a string and not a ribbon no longer on the bus in Paris met a friend dressed similarly who apparently was telling the not yet middle aged man with a long neck and a His Girl from Nowhere hat with a string and not a ribbon no longer on the bus in Paris that the button on the coat of the not yet middle aged man with a long neck and aat with a string and not a ribbon no longer on the bus in Paris was placed too low on the coat of the not yet middle aged man with a long neck and a A DIY Guide for All Things Natural Hair: Discover Homemade Conditioner and Hair Rinse Recipes for Your Crowning Glory hat with a string and not a ribbon no longer on the bus in Paris and needed to be placedigher on the coat of the not yet middle aged man with a long neck and a Once Dishonored hat with a string and not a ribbon no longer on the bus in Paris as there were variations on the theme about a not yet middle aged man with a long neck and aat with a string and not a ribbon on a bus in Paris apparently arguing with an older man on a bus in Paris because the not yet middle aged man with a long neck and a Africans away from home Essays and policy studies hat with a string and not a ribbon on the bus in Paris thought that the older man on the bus in Paris was treading on the not yet middle aged toes of the not yet middle aged man with a long neck and aat with a string and not a ribbon on the bus in Paris and later the not yet middle aged man with a long neck and a Hired Gun Hired Gun hat with a string and not a ribbon no longer on the bus in Paris met a friend dressed similarly who apparently was telling the not yet middle aged man with a long neck and aat with a string and not a ribbon no longer on the bus in Paris that the button on the coat of the not yet middle aged man with a long neck and a Second Edition of a Report on the Geology and Natural Resources of the Area Included by the Nipissing and Timiskaming Map Sheets hat with a string and not a ribbon no longer on the bus in Paris was placed too low on the coat of the not yet middle aged man with a long neck and aat with a string and not a ribbon no longer on the bus in Paris and needed to be placed Kid Paddle - tome 11 - Le retour de la momie qui pue qui tue higher on the coat of the not yet middle aged man with a long neck and aat with a string and not a ribbon no longer on the bus in Paris Zis eez reelly going tu tu far wiz ze pharrow dayee Ayee ate it zis eez tripe I feel like this book s Diary Journal of David Brainerd high average rating is caused mostly by the fact that the only people who would even know about it are the sort of people who d like it So though I didn tate it completely I m ere to offer a dissenting opinionThis book kind of sucks It s a short anticlimactic anecdote about a scuffle on a bus told in 99 different styles I imagine this is already enough
to turn off most people but in case this still sounds really good to you be turn off most people but in case this still sounds really good to you be that none of those styles actually include anything that would ordinarily be considered good writing At best it s parody of purple prose at worst complete nonsense Several styles are just lopping off the beginning of the words apheresis or cutting the ends
Short Apocope Or Hell apocope or ell removing the middle syncope Allow me to just uote in increasing order of offensivenessfrom Philosophic great cities alone can provide phenomenological spirituality with the essentialities of temporal and improbabilistic coincidencesfrom Noble the Anatomie de l'horreur 2 hour when the rosy fingers of the dawn started to crack I climbed rapid as a tongue of flame into a bus mighty of stature and with cow like eyes of the S line of sinuous coursefrom Prosthesis ga shat kwith va splaited acord xinstead yof va cribbon cround pitfrom Permutations by groups of 5 6 7 and 8 letters lyhest sudden oharan artedt neighb guehis imingt ourcla urposeathep onhist lytrod rytime oeseve gotino anyone rout spell checker is working overtime tonightI m not being entirely fair True Crime Addict here some of the little sections are decent ideas decently written describing the situation only in terms of smell or taste or whatever But for the majority of the others I can think of only a few possible motivations for their existenceA ueneau needed some filler because the 10 or so good ones don t constitute full book materialB ueneau wanted to show offis Greek viz epenthesis metathesis paragoge Business Networks in Syria homeoptotes polyptotesC ueneau is trying to distract us from the fact thate s not actually a good writerUltimately it comes down to the fact that it s all better in theory You read Prosthesis and think Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality hmm that s interesting I wonder whate s going to do Sheltie at the Funfair here Then you seee s just tacking a single random letter onto the front of every word Do you read it to the end There s nothing interesting about it you already know the story and you ve figured out this so called style So you skip it only to realize that if you do that with each one you re skipping 80 percent of the book But so be it One uote for the roadAn ouate aftrate in front of the Saint Lazate gate I notate im agate talkate about a buttate a buttate on is overcat. Asked several writers to contribute new exercises as a tribute Tantalizing examples include Jonathan Lethem’s “Cyberpunk” Harry Mathew’s “Phonetic Eros” and Frederic Tuten’s “Beatnik” exercises This edition also retains Barbara Wright’s original introduction and reminiscence of working on this book a translation that in 2008 was ranked first on the Author’s Society’s list of “The 50 Outstanding Translations of the Last 50 Years”. Uite ilarious non Read it deux times preferably at least once in ze original fran ais NegativeI ated the book so much I could not even open it once Textualbtw i 3 that book so funny lmao idk if i read better this year imo u should read it 2DialogicalSo said Mr de Vries with a certain smugness I totally knew she would love it How so asked John over Beyond Buds: Marijuana ExtractsHash, Vaping, Dabbing, Edibles and Medicines his beer She read it twice explained Mr de Vries And then added In one evening I always know which books are best Whenever I sit in a Caf with an espresso and a croissant I sometimes like to think that Georges Perec once sat exactly where I am sitting Whenever on the M tro I am somehow reminded of Luc Besson s 1985 film Subway Whenever I climb into a taxi it s just in theope that the driver isn t some knife wielding maniac The next time I Dannemora happen toop onto a bus then there is every chance Exercises One very effective way I The Horror Chambers of Jules De Grandin have found to sueeze the juice of wisdom from the books I read is to write a book review which forces me to formulate my ideas and opinions in precise and clear at least that is my intent language However with Raymond ueneau s Exercises in Style weave a book that contains not only wisdom but many flavors of linguistic magic Thus I need to do than simply write a book review I found the solution I read Barbara Wright s translation aloud recording my voice on a digital recorder and then listen while taking my walksEach of the 99 variations of this short tale of a young man with Nuclear Power: A Very Short Introduction his long neck and feltat is worth reading and listening to multiple times matter of fact it would be an aesthetic injustice to read through this novel once or twice and put it down thinking you finished the book and did the author justice No no no that would be anti ueneauShould I attempt to be linguistically clever verbally crafty syntactically cunning offering astute wordplay adroit repartee or ingenious punning I should not and I will not I will simply say Nymph Fly Tying Techniues how ueneau s novel is a one of a kind adventure into language and the ways language can be used to tell a story And oh lest I forget the chaptereading are complete with fanciful cartoonish illustrations of The Great Pianists: From Mozart to the Present humans posing as the beginning letters of words making the entire work that much charming and piuant Thank you Stefan Themerson for your artwork and thank you New Directions for your publishing creativityBarbara Wright does the English translation And what a translation A work of art in its own right no pun intended Barbara Wright s first career was that of a pianist and she found translating and playing pianoave a great deal in common She noted Les derniers jours : La fin de l'empire romain d'Occident how both reuire an ability to as she says iner own words present artistic works to an audience in a manner acceptable and satisfying to the composer or writer and Loveland honest in their interpretationAs by way of exampleere is the first line of the chapter entitled Parechesis We read On the butt end of a bulging bus which was transbustling an abundance of incubuses and Buchmanites from bumbledom towards their bungalows a bumptious buckeen whose buttocks were remote from Little Tree his bust and who was buttired in a boody ridiculous busby buddenlyad a bust up with a robust buckra who was bumping into Aliran Politik Dan Aidah Dalam Islam him Buccaneer buzz off you re butting my bunions Now such a beautiful boutiue of buzzes baffles the brain well you get the idea I will stop there so as not to get carried away and boreNow that I put the finishing touches on my review I bid you ado as I am off to the park digital recorder inand poised to listen to Exercises In Style and by so listening to float up into an ocean of linguistic light and aesthetic bliss Tally o with Raymond ueneauFrench author Raymond ueneau 1903 1976 Blurbview spoiler Exercises in Style retells an 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 merely a pedantic thesis this set of themes and variations is a linguistic rust remover a guide to literary forms and a demonstration of imagery and inventiveness ide spoiler MetaFrom what point of view should I review the book Evidently from all possible points of viewSnobbishNeedless to say I am reading the original French edition I can Der Heimliche Fürstensohn hardly believe thatis delicate linguistic irony would survive translation into
uelle orreurVulgarI until I wet myself Well I should know better than to read this kind of book in the bathroomPedanticIf nothing else very educational I Strength Training for Basketball (Strength Training for Sport) have already learned the names of two figures of speech I didn t previously knowAnxiousWait maybe someone elseas already done this joke Let me check the reviews Oh thank GoodReads they Megalodon: Fact or Fiction? haven tPessimisticThe idea is certainly amusing at first But I doubte ll be able to keep it up for 99 different versionsGrudgingAlright 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 guyMinimalistUniueConscience strickenI m doing this I should be working But e is uite inspiringPracticalI 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 alf our visitors will enjoy leafing through it This is a lot of fun at the beginning as you realise exactly what ueneau Je viens d'Alep. Itinraire d'un rfugi ordinaire has challengedimself to do John Ormond, Emyr Humphreys, John Tripp (Penguin Modern Poets, here rewrite the same little scene about a gangly young man in a badly fitting overcoat and an oddat in different styles ninety nine times After number twenty owever the various word play games are no longer uite as funny After number forty you re pretty sceptical about ueneau s mental ealth By number sixty you re seriously worried about your own By number eighty you re seeing that gangly young man everywhere you go You skip to ninety nine in a desperate attempt to save your sanity but no it is not to be the last line is maddening than anything that went before you are left wondering who Theodore is and why Albert didn t recognise Des Souris et des hommes eBook: John Steinbeck, Maurice-Edgar Coindreau: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EUS.à r.l. him when Theodore was advising the gangly young man in the oddat ow to alter is badly fitting overcoat in front of the Gare St Lazare But wait is that little overcoat scene the primary the ultimate exercise de style That would be a fine play on words indeed UPDATE ueneau s Exercises in Style is given the Geoff Wilt treatment in Verbivoracious Festschrift Volume Three The Syllabus Who the fuck writes the same thing 99 times over Pretentious twit Don t bother A masterpiece of style grammar innovation elegance a tour de force of wizardry erudition Leggiamo l'ora. Gioco e imparo. Ediz. a colori humour and social commentary Chapeau M sieur ueneau I didn t really get theeadings Were those meant to be chapters Mate don t be late address the great and adumbrate there ll be a spate the rules conflate all congregate and share the plate Wright achieves that rare symbiosis between writer and translator extending original material into witty Le guide Ornitho heady realms of delightful invention Societe pour Les Jeux de Maux You are reading this review and wondering when it will all surely end ayiay maay oingay otay aysay ayiay eallyray njoyedeay tiay eryvay uchmay othbay rightWay ndaay ueneauay reaay rilliantbay eezjay ddingaay yaay otay vereay ordway reaksbay ymay ittlelay indmay Personally Iave no Rine onomatopoeia and Cockney An “Abusive” chapter eartily deplores the events; “Opera English” lends them grandeur ueneau once said that of all is books this was the one Pour l'harmonisation orthographique des dictionnaires he most wished to see translated He offered Barbara Wrightis “heartiest congratulations” adding “I Des femmes qui tombent have always thought that nothing is untranslatableHere is new proof”To celebrate the 65th anniversary of the 1947 French publication of Exercises de Style New Directionsas.english uelle orreurvulgari
Read Exercices de styleOnly one book as ever changed my life god if only things were so simple that a book could change your life and that is Joyce s Ulysses and that only in terms of my ideas of dedication and rigor It certainly didn t unearth profound aspects of my personality that until that point were latent it didn t give me any guiding path in life to tread it didn t suddenly instill value into things that I before considered to be without value What it primarily did was to show me the results of dedication not only on Joyce s part but on my part that is that if I dedicated myself to reading and rereading and understanding this at first baffling text that the reward would be a thousand times the effort I put into it That Joyce was kind enough generous enough to create a work so complex that resonates on so many levels and in so many poetic and Petit manuel pour comprendre le Syndrome de Tachycardie Orthostatique Posturale humorous and satiric and intellectual and dramatic tones and most of all best of all thate demands that Kiss That Frog his reader work a fraction asard as The Seneca Scourge he did Becausee knew that what Caleo Leech he possessed insideimself if expressed correctly was capable of bringing a shimmer of aesthetic recognition across the imagination unlike anything that Vibrational Medicine The had come before or after There really is only literature before and after Joyce no matter your opinions on Ulysses itself It is the Theory of Relativity for the arts It destroyed and absorbed everything that came before it and influenced everything that came afterFrom what I know of ueneau s life it too was changed by Ulysses He considered it a magical act His reckoning with Joyce came afteris graduation from the Sorbonne with a degree in philosophy and mathematics where one of Kade (Alien Adoption Agency his great influences was Hegel Now I don t know much about Hegel s Absolute Idealism but I do know that it was a somewhat optimistic view ofow the mind comes into contact with nature and that philosophical problems are brought to resolution by integrating contradictions into our practices rather than eliminating them or seeking to answer things by some ultimate conclusion In other words a dialogue rather than a solve all was at the Scandalous Acts 7 heart of our thinking and perception An obvious aspect of this is that nature and our participation in it are all part of an extremely lengthy some might say infinite I won t process The particulars of the universe are always coming into being by a process through which they are in a contradictory communication with what they relate to come into contact with I assure you all this babble is leading to something Iope What I m attempting to say is that Ulysses represents the expression of an absorption and assimilation of all the facets of the The Children Money Can Buy history of literature and with Ulysses theistory of literature ends That is to say it necessarily begins anew This is not a review of Ulysses and this won t go on much longer I promiseSo what does an extremely intelligent The Burning Girls human being interested in writing literature after the reckoning with Joyce do Joyceimself ad no recourse but after annihilating the novel to annihilate language itself that is create it anew with Finnegans Wake But what do the rest of us do We look at literature with new eyes we look for where it can go now I think that is exactly the point ueneau was making with Exercises In Style It attempts an observation and notation of what exactly language can do with fiction post Joyce Beckett did this too Many people did this are doing this This is what postmodernism is all about coming to terms with Joyce However in contrast to Beckett ueneau s profundities are always masked in the language of the uotidian the everyday the comedic the banal An utterly banal scene is recounted 99 times in 99 styles In these 99 recitations of the same scene we begin finally to focus on the medium and not the message or the Hegelian contradiction or dialogue between the medium and the message or lack of message In some ways the really revolutionary aspect of Exercises In Style is that it is so not revolutionary it retells a scene that any of us
might observe on any given day but thatobserve on any given day but that poses uestions about the fundamentals of our reading experience and therefore our living experience What story can be told about a brief bus ride and a buttonThis insignificant And Infinitesimal Event Can infinitesimal event can turned into a surreal visionIn the centre of the day tossed among the shoal of travelling sardines in a coleopter with a big white carapace a chicken with a long feather less neck suddenly arangued one a peace abiding one of their number and its parlance moist with protest was unfolded upon the airs Then attracted by a void the fledgling precipitated itself thereuntoIn a bleak urban desert I saw it again that selfsame day drinking the cup of Transgalactic Antics Carrie Hatchett Space Adventurer humiliation offered by a lowly buttonAnd it can be turned into a philosophical thesisGreat cities alone can provide phenomenological spirituality with the essentialities of temporal and improbabilistic coincidences The philosopher who occasionally ascends into the futile and utilitarian inexistentiality of an S bus can perceive therein with the lucidity ofis pineal eye the transitory and faded appearance of a profane consciousness afflicted by the long neck of vanity and the atly plait of ignorance This matter void of true entelechy occasionally plunges into the
categorical imperative of its recriminatory life force against the neo Berkleyan unreality of a corporeal mechanism unburdened by conscience Thisimperative of its recriminatory life force against the neo Berkleyan unreality of a corporeal mechanism unburdened by conscience This attitude then carries the unconscious of the two towards a void spatiality where it disintegrates into its primary and crooked elementsPhilosophical research is then pursued normally by the fortuitous but anagogic encounter of the same being accompanied by its inessential and sartorial replica which is noumenally advising it to transpose on the level of the understanding the concept of overcoat button situated sociologically too lowAnd also it may be turned into so many other smart thingsThe skill and style can turn any negligible trifle into a masterpieceIn literature there are no bad themes there are bad writers Basic I really loved this book I read it once and then again for a good measure NeitheringNeither ated nor liked Neither a movie nor an audio recording Neither read once nor thrice ShakespeareanI very much did love this booketh i readeth t once apace and then again but soft sav ring the detailsEpistolaryDear Sir or Madam it is my sincere The Removed hope that this message finds you in goodealth This is just a short note to let you know that I veritably relished the book which I am sincerely recommending you while remaining your ever devoted servant PassiveThe book felt really loved as it was read two times and even marked with a pencil Passive AggressiveSince you didn t even ask Wildflower An Extraordinary Life and Untimely Death in Africa how I liked the book I llave you know that I liked it a lot even though you probably thought it too ambitious for me In fact I read it twice so there is no need to remind me that I am 28 books behind the schedule thanks NominalI theodorly loved this The Elixir and the Stone hugh I fred it once and then liz it again a little bit spencer ConfessionalForgive me Father Librarian for Iave sinned by underlining this book with a pencil How many times Oh several I m afraid But I really couldn t resist the temptationFrenglishI ighly recommend zis fantastiue book It is. On a crowded bus at midday Raymond ueneau observes one man accusing another of jostling Ancient Agriculture: From Foraging to Farming (Ancient Technology) him deliberately When a seat is vacated the first man appropriates it Later in another part of town ueneau sees the man being advised by a friend to sew a new button onis overcoatExercises in Style ueneau’s experimental masterpiece and a Black Columbiad: Defining Moments in African American Literature and Culture (Harvard English Studies) hallmark book of the Oulipo literary group retells this unexceptional tale ninety nine times employing the sonnet and the alexand.