Exercises in Style, Paperback Book


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781847492418

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