unpacking with the star operator

Does the star operator(*) work in the way i have listed below? If so, what am i doing incorrectly?

I'm reading a book about python and it says I can use this syntax

a, b, rest* = [1, 2, 3, 4]

the above doesn't compile though, it says syntax error.
however, the book says that end up like this:
a = 1
b = 2
rest = [3,4]

I'm using python 3.4.1
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gelonidaCommented:
a, b, *rest = [1, 2, 3, 4]

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Be aware this will not work with python2.
There you had to fall back to something like:
v = [1, 2, 3, 4]
a,b = v[:2]
rest = v[2:]
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thank you!
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