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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Oct 24, Will Byrnes rated it really liked it Shelves: Its absurd apostrophe, “hanging there in eternal meaninglessness”, was, Truss says, “a significant milestone on the road to punctuation anarchy”.

It’s an easy-going, ironic book, full of tongues-in-cheeks and witticisms and puns – intelligent puns. It is the electronic revolution that we should worry about. They give shoofs lift!

Some of Truss’s departures from punctuation norms are just British laxness. Even worse is the feeling that occurs when coming across such a cliff-edge while reading; a stomach lurching queasiness that something doesn’t feel right, and if only that editor had paid a little more attention we wouldn’t be in According to Lynne Truss, I’m a “stickler”.

View all 24 comments. A love of literature? More often than not, we don’t. So if I can know this stuff, you can as well. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the internet, in email, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species. Large, black-and-white, bear-like mammal native to China.

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This is something I never expected to have in my personal library, that’s for sure. This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled.


Though there is also, of course, much to recommend the humble comma: It’s a fun book, I recommend it to everyone. Colon, Semicolon and Interjections 5. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. From the Compact Disc edition. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder. Topics Reference and languages books The Observer. View all 63 comments.

One may be irritated by misplaced apostrophes in shop notices, but it is quite hard to make up an example in which such a mistake might lead to a real ambiguity of meaning. 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?

Two judges trudged off to the public records and found a faint comma, after the second ‘realm’. It’s getting quite annoying?

The shoots of three novels and numerous radio comedy dramas, she spent six years as the television critic… More about Lynne Truss. Dec 19, Trevor rated it liked it. For writers who have taken on larger projects, i. The waiter turns to the relevant entry in the manual and, sure enough, finds an explanation.

Up the colon

Would she like to write more books about language and its proprieties? Though I know that evenin’s empire has returned into sand; Vanished from my hand; Left me blindly here, to stand, but still not sleeping; My weariness amazes me; I’m branded on my feet; I have no one to meet; Peaves the ancient, empty street’s too dead for dreaming.

You may notice that maybe it’s not the best idea to read a book about english grammar in russian language. I really don’t see what all the fuss was about this book–the author didn’t seem particularly knowledgeable, and her “zero-tolerance” leaes seems to do more to promote intolerance than to eahs clarity. I have no feelings whatsoever when we’re apart. I normally avoid colons and semi-colons but I feel like she’s given me a greater understanding of them.


The book fails as an educational tool and cannot be redeemed on its humor or otherwise.

Recommended for everyone, even people who are bored shitless by anything to do with writing. Full of humor and information, it explains some of the easier nuances to punctuation in a useful and engaging man I confess: We pat pat pat ourselves on the back with being so in accord with this funny woman and her nit-picking usage of grammar. And is the semicolon really ‘a compliment from the writer to etas reader’? Everyone was shocked by how well it sold, the author included.

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Paperbackpages. Sep 12, Kathrynn rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: What I mean, is that this is not some dry reference book – and the panda joke on the back cover prepares you for that. That riled me up even more. But colons and semicolons—well, they are in a different league, my dear! The title itself is a joke, about an irate panda who walks into a cafe, orders a sandwich, eats it, draws a gun and fires two shots sshoots the air. I politely chided a friend in the comments of a post because she had made a grammar error and she didn’t even catch it.

She lives in Brighton, England.