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- n. Plural form of picaresque.
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I love pretty much everything Dawn Powell or Saki ever wrote, but I still can't make it through "A Confederacy of Dunces" God knows I've tried or "Molloy" or Thomas Pynchon's recent picaresques.
Yet two of the greatest American novels are picaresques; Jones pays homage to them in his very title.
His songs are dark, violent and cheerfully deranged picaresques about outlaws, addicts, philanderers, murderous prom dates, headless soldiers of fortune and other undesirables not normally associated with pop songwriting -- all distilled from his grim sense of humor and ironic sensibility.
Anthony Hope, and other great loves of my earliest teens; those authors 'delicious mysteries and picaresques I took for granted, not troubling over their method; but in Stevenson, even to a schoolboy the conscious artifice and nicety of phrase were puzzingly apparent.
So are, perhaps, the picaresques of Murillo, the pictorial satires of Hogarth, the bizarreries of Goya ...
And also on my increasingly Sebaldian alter ego: I was closing on the age at which he had begun to write his picaresques, I was a middle-aged man with minimal baggage, few accessories, and a growing loathing of computers.
These were picaresques, pure and simple: the journeys were the foundation of all the tales, the embellishments - personal, anecdotal, historical - came along the way, called forth by incidents on the road.