Thursday, April 5, 2012

Exercises in Style

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A great book for any writer. Queneau proves that there are so many ways to tell the same story. The characters and events and setting don't have to change at all. By tweaking the form or style or perspective or the weight of the different elements, you can create so many versions of the exact same story.

For me this book is also a prime example of the importance of independent bookshops. I found it at Symposium Books in Providence, up at the counter, I believe, while I was killing some time before a meeting with a very cool group of roboticists. And I doubt I ever would have stumbled across it otherwise.

The story on the robots is here, if you're interested.

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