Clearly the other reviewer was having a bad day.
This book is your go-to when you can't quite remember that elusive piece of linguistic or rhetorical terminology you need for...well, whatever you need it for.
Periphrasis, Persiflage, Anastrophe, Commmoratio, Epexegesis, Litotes, Tmesis; all these and upwards of a couple-hundred more are there.
Each term is illustrated—artistically, poetically, and/or metaphorically—for your browsing pleasure.
"Give me another fifty years," says Willard Espy (now seventy-plus), "and I may begin to catch a glimmering of what language is all about."