Example sentences for: picaresque

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • No longer picaresque, the quest for father and fortune now aims to be profound.

  • 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.

  • Billed as the first feature film by Native Americans, this picaresque tale wins reviewers' admiration for being "palpably authentic" (Richard Schickel, Time ). Critics like the story, about a young man and his friend who set out to retrieve his father's ashes, for eschewing "the high seriousness and dubious mysticism" of most films about the Indians' plight (John Anderson, Newsday ). Although everyone enjoys its wry humor and cutting observations about life on the reservation, a few say its aimless plot betrays its makers' inexperience.


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