Exercises in Style
A collection of 99 retellings of the same story, each in a different style. In each, the narrator gets on the “S” bus , witnesses an altercation between a man with a long neck and funny hat and another passenger, and then sees the same person two hours later at the Gare St. Lazare getting advice on adding a button to his overcoat.
A man and a woman meet for the first time in a cafe, where they have an awkward meeting continually reset each time they say the wrong thing, until, finally, they romantically connect.
English Made Simple
A young man and woman meet at a party and their immediate romantic attraction is presented via loudspeaker by a comically unromantic grammar lesson, while they struggle to free themselves from the banal constrictions of party talk.