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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This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled.

Indeed, her own buoyant and sometimes facetious style knowingly breaks plenty of the old rules. Full of humor and information, it explains some of the easier nuances to punctuation in a useful and engaging manner. Also, according to Truss’s own preference for hyphenating adjectival compounds, there surely ought to be a hyphen between “Zero” and “Tolerance”. See that comma-shaped shark fin ominously slicing through the waves in this direction? Where do you get balaclavas? So, if you’ve always wanted to know about how to use a semicolon, or you’re not sure if your commas are in the right place, or if you’ve ever driven someone to madness by dropping an apostrophe into a possessive “its” – and you know who you are – then this book is the one you need.

Punctuation, in other lwaves, invites you to give careful consideration to the meaning of what you are saying. Woman, without her man, is nothing. She writes for those who winced at the posters advertising the film Two Weeks Notice and who zhoots real pain when they saw in print the name of the pop group Hear’Say. It would be very easy for Ms. I would recommend this book highly to anyone with an interest in writing.


Talk to the Hand: I learned my punctuation from my mom and copious reading.

Aug 12, Michael rated it it was ok Shelves: But in many ways this book is for huge fans of punctuation. And then there are those hyper-sensitive souls who feel a misplaced apostrophe on a fruit-stall sign – “Banana’s” – as a sharp ane wound, a barbarism that really spoils their day.

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Truss is a Brit and the usages have not been modified lynme the American edition of the book. Maybe it’s because I’m a linguist and, while I understand the purpose and value of punctuation, I just can’t get all worked up about it. I also learnt a thing or two.

And Casement was duly hanged. This crime landed me on her ” Bad punctuation can force an innocent animal to live outside the law. However, when this popped up on Amazon on the cheap, I was powerless to resist, like my dog on a piece of shoot shit.

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However, many of the rules of good punctuation use are common sense at least I think so aets so I think I edge into the stickler zone. In a language like English, so dependent on rhythm, timing and stress, punctuation is the substitute for our voice. What I’m saying is: I really don’t see what all the lyjne was about this book–the author didn’t seem particularly knowledgeable, and her “zero-tolerance” approach seems to do more to promote intolerance than to promote clarity.


As mentioned at the beginning of the review and through countless horror stories we have heardan absent or misplaced comma can create havoc with the meaning of a sentence. Books by Lynne Truss. I’ve always had high standards with writing grammar, punctuation, spelling, stylebut having high standards is different from being anal. A book written as kind of a primal stickler scream somehow struck a chord with the general reading population.

And had a very enjoyable few hours reading the creation of a fellow grammar stickler. For you I have no feelings whatsoever.

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The book is a well-mixed combination of history, usage and style. It’s fun, easy to read, explains clearly and humourously, and would make far superior reading to most dull textbooks. It also does wonders for understanding how to use the fiddly little things, if you’ve ever had trouble – and let’s face it, who doesn’t? And realized that I am not alone.

I have no idea why this book enjoyed the success that it did.