Example sentences for: picaresque

How can you use “picaresque” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • Carey specializes in the picaresque, in one-man novels about larger-than-life social misfits who must cope with rotten childhoods, loveless families, hideous disfigurements, and secret shames.

  • He goes through a shower of picaresque trials: Three men set on him (he single-handedly beats them off); he saves a pregnant woman from death, and another woman from a band of renegade federal soldiers; various men try to recapture him; he is seduced by a woman whose husband, discovering the couple, tries to shoot him.

  • Here the story turns into a kind of absurd picaresque: Lidie, driven by rage at her loss, disguises herself as a boy reporter in hostile Missouri and sets out to find Thomas' killers.

  • Napoleon's reputed penis went on a picaresque odyssey of its own, being displayed at the Museum of French Art in New York, auctioned, and finally ending up in the possession of a urologist—or so the story goes.

  • Written in 18 th century English ("magical" is spelled "magickal," for example, and the predominant punctuation marks are the dash and the apostrophe), it tells the picaresque tale of two astronomers best known for surveying the Mason-Dixon line, which separates Pennsylvania from Maryland and the American cultural North from the cultural South.

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