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Monday, March 19, 2007

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, by Lynne Truss

I'm not very good at punctuation or grammar in general. Anyone who has read my blog for any period of time has probably figured this out. It's a shortcoming that I'd like to correct, but am not particularly motivated to try to fix. Perhaps I should. At any rate, despite my utter dislike of rules relating in any way, shape or form to grammar, I thought I'd give this book a try. After all, "everyone has read it."

I thought this book was utterly delightful and entertaining. Whether I learned anything or not is beside the point. Of course, I realize that was the point - oh well. Ms. Truss' sense of humor (dry and British) spills out on every page. She makes it sound cool to fixate on punctuation errors - glaring and otherwise. (By the way, I would prefer if commenters to this post did not try to pick apart my use of commas, etc. I am well aware that I have a long way to go in this area.) She even inspired me to want to use the semicolon - correctly! I'm working on it.

After reading this book, I am very anxious to get my hands on a copy of Truss' other book, Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door. It sounds like something I would like.

I would encourage anyone who loves punctuation or who wishes they did to pick up a copy of Eats, Shoots & Leaves. I can't imagine that you would regret it.

5 comments:

blfox said...

Oh, you HAVE to read Talk to the Hand. I laughed my way through it. It's hysterical. I think I read it in just a couple of hours because I couldn't put it down.

Rose said...

I read this last year and loved it - very clever and hilarious. Rarely does British punctuation differ from American, but when it does, of course she writes using the British style. I didn't know she wrote other books, so thank you for this post! I just went online and reserved her other works.

Heather said...

I am reading this at present and finding it amusing and entertaining. I am hoping it will teach me how to use the semicolon correctly!r

Jennifer said...

Yes, it's on "my list" to read as well. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I am not one to criticize punctuation, because I think I have a thing with dashes and parenthesis, and I'm not sure I always use them correctly. However, I was an English major, and I do read your blog regularly and bad punctuation has not ever glared at me.

Mercy's Maid said...

I loved it too! I have Talk to the Hand on my wish list and I hope I get my hands on it soon.

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