Exercises in Style (Paperback)
New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811207898, 204pp.
Publication Date: February 17, 1981
The plot of Exercises in Style is simple: a man gets into an argument with another passenger on a bus. However, this anecdote is told 99 more times, each in a radically different style, as a sonnet, an opera, in slang, and with many more permutations. This virtuoso set of variations is a linguistic rust-remover, and a guide to literary forms.