Join Lynne Truss on a hilarious tour through the rules of punctuation that is. When Eats, Shoots & Leaves came out, and people wanted to know the story. Eats, Shoots & Leaves has ratings and reviews. I have, for some reason, frequently been recommended Lynne Truss’s book, though the reason. The spirited and scholarly #1 New York Times bestseller combines boisterous history with grammar how-to’s to show how important punctuation is in.

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Besides, Lynne Truss covers it all so well in this book. In the book’s final chapter, she opines on the importance of maintaining punctuation rules and addresses the damaging effects of email and the Internet on punctuation. There are lots of literary examples of certain writers who abhorred certain punctuation marks, and others who loved them.

But she maintains a sense of humor throughout: Apr 11, Pages Buy.

This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled. Published in hardback by Profile Books. She cannot remember being taught punctuation at her grammar school in the late 60s and early 70s.

Please combine 4 13 Jun 16, View all 17 comments. Why should a book about how to use commas and colons properly have lodged itself at No1 in the Amazon bestseller list?

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

It is this joke that this book takes its title from — though it is not mentioned in this book. Her often droll account of why accurate punctuation matters has generated publicity for which a career as a columnist, sports journalist and comic novelist has not prepared her. She is tactfully kind about the grammatical standards of those working on newspapers, and fondly recalls the style guide with which she first had to work on the Times.


LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. I won’t even start on the state of the average Facebook post or blog comment. I could very well have written underused in the previous sentence, but I decided to take the advice of Lynne and use the cute little connector.

Jun 23, Caroline rated it really liked it Shelves: Now, with the internet, correct punctuation appears to be taking a back seat.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Eats, shoots and leaves. But still, if you feel like giving me a really expensive surprise present you’ll now know what to do. Truss tells the story of Roger Casement, who was charged under the Treason Act of On lnne of that, Ms Truss’s wit is in a class of its own!

Even though I’m sometimes a lazy writer here, I know the problems. Eats, shoots and leaves. According to Lynne Truss, I’m a “stickler”. Robert Johnson Just like a grammar textbook there are discrete chapters.

Aug 12, Michael rated it it was ok Shelves: Clarity, flow, and interest would go a long way. People who levaes not like you admit to being useless and inferior. This is a first book in a while I read in russian. Do we really care that the italic typeface was invented by a geezer called Aldus Manutius the Elder ?


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You are generous, kind, thoughtful. In a language like English, so dependent on rhythm, timing and stress, punctuation is the substitute for our voice. I did not add it because, although Fowler’s Modern English Usage and most Americans suggest I should have added it, Truss suggests we should only use it if there is a case for calling attention to the last noun in a list.

And she reminds us of that old gag loved by Spike Milligan that reworks a sentimental song lyric into a domestic inquiry with one stroke of a comma – ‘What is this thing called, love? Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Truss’ obvious frustration with the misuse of punctuation to overwhelm her and poison the book.

A look at most neighborhood signage tells a different story.

Finally, the book does not even achieve what it aims to. I think she must have produced the least funny attempt at humor in British publication in the last years.