Yes, that's right, 5 Stars for a book about proper punctuation. I fully expected to get through this book only for my 2008 Challenges. In my mind's eye I saw myself reading a page or two and then falling sound asleep from boredom. I could not have been more wrong.
Not only does Lynne Truss make punctuation interesting, she makes it funny. She knows just were little punctuation puns fit. Who knew there were 17 proper uses for the apostrophe?! There was, at onetime, a movement to have a special mark to indicate a rhetorical question. As is stated on the front flap, "Through sloppy usage and low standards on the Internet, in e-mail, and now "txt msgs", we have made proper punctuation an endangered species." (not to mention proper spelling)
I've given this book 5 Stars not only because I enjoyed it, but because I think all of us who have been out of the classroom for 10 years or more could use a refresher.
I enjoyed reading this book! It definitely made me laugh, since I'm kind of retentive about grammar. I got a little bogged down in the middle, though. Even with her good humor it's hard to keep on reading about punctuation!
I shared this book with my small circle of friends. The experiment quickly sorted the Anglophobes from the Anglophiles. Beyond that- it's ENGLISH, folks, and it is as fluid and dynamic as any other lingo, but there are certain rules. Puncuation is very important to meaning.
"The crux of the biscuit... is the Apostrophe". - Frank Zappa
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Being trained from an early age to be a stickler for proper grammar and punctuation, I adored this book. This is a whimsical approach to the long lost art of proper punctuation that makes it easy to understand and remember.
However, if the English language is just a means for you to vaguely communicate with others, you may not enjoy it as much as those who are more didactic with their linguistic expressions. =o)
Being an English teacher, I thought I would love this book, but it turned out to be tedious and actually boorish. I kept wondering if this author actually had a real life outside of picking apart the punctuation of other writers.
This impassioned manifesto on punctuation made the best-seller lists in Britain and has followed suit here. Journalist Truss gives full rein to her "inner stickler" in lambasting common grammatical mistakes. Asserting that punctuation "directs you how to read in the way musical notation directs a musician how to play," Truss argues wittily and with gusto for the merits of preserving the apostrophe, using commas correctly, and resurrecting the proper use of the lowly semicolon. Filled with dread at the sight of ubiquitous mistakes in store signs and headlines, Truss eloquently speaks to the value of punctuation in preserving the nuances of language. Liberally sprinkling the pages with Briticisms ("Lawks-a-mussy") and moving from outright indignation to sarcasm to bone-dry humor, Truss turns the finer points of punctuation into spirited reading.
This book is very entertaining while discussing punctuation and grammar concepts we may be unaware of or simply confused about. The writer does an excellent job of leading us through each humor-filled chapter. A great review for writers everywhere and a must read for anyone who does more than text a message or two throughout the day!
Does seeing the words "Egg's for Sale" drive you to distraction? How about "Lands' End"? You'll love this book if you are a member of the so-called society of "Punctuation Vigilantes".
Ever have the urge to take a permanent marker and correct a grocery store ad? Me, too!
If so, this book is for your knowledge (and entertainment!) Oops, I used one of those dreaded exclamation marks/points, didn't I? Wait'll you find the OTHER name for them!
Cute! Loved the book the instant I saw the cover. The snarky writing style does grate after awhile but if you're a grammar nerd, then you'll appreciate and agree with all of the author's grammar "pet peeves". Her story about when she was young and wrote a pedantic, boorish letter with liberal use of advanced grammar/vocab to her penpal had me crying with laughter.
I have never mastered punctuation. The horror! The despair! With that said, I simply laughed out loud at this cranky little book and Truss even made me aware of what I was laughing at, which means I learned a little as well. I feel the book jumped out from the starting gates with a bang and took a lead as a "laugh-out-loud, I cannot put it down candidate," but by the middle, it ran out of steam and frankly, I got a bit weary with it. I mean, how much more interest can I muster up about an apostrophe or a semi colon? In Truss's words, perhaps I'm a thicko.
In Lynne Truss's defense though, I must say I have never been all that interested in punctuation and she had me mesmerized for hours. I would recommend this book especially for any punctuation/grammar snob. I guarantee you'll have a belly-laugh at those of us less inclined to be perfect and find an understanding friend. I am keeping it on my bookshelf to finish it at a later date, because it is well-written and I adore snarky wit. Truss is flat-out hilarious!
A book for all of us who automatically proofread everything from menus to billboards. It's not hugely useful if grammar and punctuation is your goal, but I loved the humor! It's nice to know I'm not alone on proofreading EVERYTHING!
This is the perfect book for those among us who are punctuation sticklers! If you cannot stand random apostrophes, know how to correctly use a semicolon, and love witty word play, this book is for you.