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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.

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  • Yet two of the greatest American novels are picaresques; Jones pays homage to them in his very title.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • So are, perhaps, the picaresques of Murillo, the pictorial satires of Hogarth, the bizarreries of Goya ...

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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