Le Train de Nulle Part, A Novel Written Without Verbs

Le Train de Nulle Part (The Train From Nowhere) is a 233-page French novel written by Michel Thaler. It is written without a single verb.

Sample (from Wikipedia):

Quelle aubaine ! Une place de libre, ou presque, dans ce compartiment. Une escale provisoire, pourquoi pas ! Donc, ma nouvelle adresse dans ce train de nulle part : voiture 12, 3ème compartiment dans le sens de la marche. Encore une fois, pourquoi pas ?

Fool's luck! A vacant seat, almost, in that train. A provisional stop, why not? So, my new address in this nowhere train: car 12, 3rd compartment, forward. Once again, why not?

Thaler said this about verbs: "The verb is like a weed in a field of flowers. You have to get rid of it to allow the flowers to grow and flourish. Take away the verbs and the language speaks for itself." (Source)


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I don't see why everyone's so depressed about this: haven't any of you tried to learn french? I'm telling you, no verbs actually sounds sorta nice...
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English has lots of nouns and a few verbs. Chompksy on his study of language found that the Navaho language is mostly verbs/adjectives with a few nouns. He said the type of language we use dictates the way we think.
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