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Many Subtle Channels: In Praise of Potential Literature Hardcover – May 30 2012

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (May 30 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674065778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674065772
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.8 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #413,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Witty Sept. 5 2012
By C. B. Hillman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I was prepared to be less than enthralled with the subject matter of this book. Somehow the idea of writing books with various constraints, such as the omission of the letter "e," seemed silly to me. However, Levin Becker's book was so witty and well written that I am now inspired to try reading at least one Oulipian novel. Becker had memorable depictions of most (perhaps all) of the members of the Oulipo - from founders Queneau and Le Lionnais to Georges Perec (who wrote LA DISPARATION - a novel that completely omitted the letter "e" and followed this with LES REVENENTES that only used the "e" vowel) and every other member of this unusual literary group. I had never heard of the Oulipo and while I am still uncertain as to whether a novel written using various constraints could be as compelling as one just freely written based on one's experiences, I am intrigued enough to read a book written by an Oulipian and explore this group further.
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An unusual but gratifying read. Sept. 24 2013
By Marla Rathbun - Published on
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This unusual difficult topic is well handled by Mr. Levin, written knowledgeably, first-handedly, but with great accessibility and humor. I would not have read about the Oulipo had it not been written in this manner but I gained a lot and with enjoyment. .
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excellent overview and starting off point June 1 2012
By Jevon Jaconi - Published on
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Really enjoyed this book - had a great overview of group's history and what they do. In addition, many starting off points for one to do their own research and/or Oulipo-type acrobatics.