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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

This post here, not longer than most posts...

French writer Michel Thaler published a 233 page novel, Le Train de Nulle Part (The Train From Nowhere), without verbs.

Instead of action, lengthy passages are filled with florid adjectives in a series of vitriolic portraits of dislikeable passengers on a train.

"The verb," he later explained, "is like a weed in a field of flowers. You have to get rid of it to allow the flowers to grow and flourish!"

Sample passage:
"Those women there, probably mothers, bearers of ideas far too voluminous for their brains of modest capacity... a dwarf or small giant - a young buck with a gelled mop with ideas, at first glance, shorter than his hair, and not longer than the bristles on a toothbrush."
Thaler, Michel, French writer

[Sources: The Sunday Telegraph, May 14, 2004

1 comment:

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