Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Yet another review. This time of a book on punctuation: Eats, Shoots & Leaves. What’s that? I read a book on punctuation voluntarily? Yes. Yes, I did. You’re probably thinking it’s terribly dry and dull. On the contrary, it’s funny and interesting. Lynne Truss does a good job of covering virtually all of the rules of English punctuation.

My biggest complaint is that she felt the need to go overboard with examples in the narrative. I thought it was interesting at first, but then it really started to get on my nerves. Here’s an example from the chapter covering semicolons:

Sometimes — and I’ve never admitted this to anyone before — I adopt a kind of stream-of-consciousness sentence structure somewhat like Virginia Woolf; without full sentences; but if feels OK to do this; rather worrying.

Still, I was able to make it through, and I might have even learned something. If you’re interested in learning a little more about punctuation, Eats, Shoots & Leaves isn’t a bad way to go. Of course, you can never go wrong with The Elements of Style either.

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