Raymond Queneau's Exercises in Style

Exercises in Style is a two-paragraph story retold 99 times, each time in a different "style." These styles in question range from notation to noble, from aphaeresis to syncope to apocope, in alexandrines and as a sonnet.

The singularly pointless tale describes a young man on a bus who is annoyed at another rider. Later, the narrator sees him in the Cour de Rome, where he is informed by a companion that a button on his lapel is too low.

growndodo.com's main page is an homage of sorts to this endeavor; a similar, equally directionless narrative is retold in many styles, incorporating elements more relevant to the contents of this site than Queneau's work.

I highly recommend Barbara Wright's English translation.

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