Eats, Shoots and Leaves

Eats, Shoots and Leaves

Eats, Shoots and Leaves

I love British writing. While I can't say the same for music, their authors are top notch. Perhaps it's only because we get the best of their work sent over here, but I think it's more than that. Even the British classics from the past 200 years are better than our American classics. I love how they flaunt it in this book, "The #1 British Bestseller". Who cares if it hit #1 on the New York Times? This book sold to the people who know what reading and writing is all about.

Eats, Shoots and Leaves is a satire about grammar. By the time you're finished you either want to become a grammar Nazi yourself, or at least ensure that they never break down the door of your house or store to correct a poorly punctuated sign. The author suggests a violent revolution is the only way to fix our grammar impaired culture, and she's quite convincing. It may be the first cause I've ever believed in strong enough to actually consider taking up arms.

In this book Lynne Truss offers a brief history of each punctuation mark and a few examples of improper and proper usage. The humor is of that distinctly British flavor that no American has yet to master. You can almost hear the derisive accent through the pages, and you love every minute of it.

Only a master of punctuation can write with genuine humor. Humor in writing takes profound subtlety, and punctuation is the key. Truss elaborates on the subtle differences between words that are placed "in quotes" and words that are italicized, and even shows why the semicolon shouldn't go out of style. By mastering the nuances of every form of print and punctuation a good writer can play a finely tuned piece able to take a reader anywhere thought and expression can go. This book was not only humorous but inspirational. Highly recommended.

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  • Amira

    As an expat. Brit, I’m glad you recognize our brilliance. Long may that continue.

  • Sarah Konet

    Steven gave me that book as a wedding present along with a collection of essays about language myths. I would say he knows me pretty well.