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4.0 out of 5 stars
A Punctuation Repair Kit, 3 Jun 2004
A book about punctuation as a Times bestseller? Those of you thinking, "It sounds about as exciting as watching paint dry" are not alone! But, surprisingly enough, this grammar guide, which, quite unusually, classifies itself as 'Reference / Humour', does not disappoint those in search of either! If you have ever found yourself understanding and smiling at those emails that compare "A woman, without her man, is nothing." to "A woman: without her, man is nothing.", then you are one of the 'true sticklers' that this book was written for. With tales of 'punctuation anarchy', 'involuntary ejaculations' and 'semicolonic irrigation', novelist, radio presenter and newspaper columnist Lynne Truss manages to amuse readers whilst simultaneously describing the history of various 'traffic signals of language' (punctuation marks to you and me), explaining how they should be employed by writers, and despairing at how endangered they have become. This militant approach to correct punctuation will certainly entertain and educate anyone who feels similarly disconcerted at the deteriorating state of English grammar. Those of you who couldn't care less, however, should probably save you money: Don't expect anyone to ever understand anything you write though!
Being a student, linguist and writer, I thoroughly enjoyed this amusing, yet informative, 'zero tolerance' guide to punctuation. I'd give it a generous four exclamation marks out of five!