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4.0 out of 5 stars
An expert with humour, 24 Jan 2005
As a punctuation pedant myself I found a kindred spirit in Lynn Truss through this book. Boy! Is she keen! She is more committed to the subject than I am and this shows through. The book has been well researched and covers many of the points of punctuation that cause people to trip up.
If you are looking for a coffee-table anthology of grammatical cock-ups ("a man with a wooden leg called John") then go somewhere else; this book is not for you. However if you are serious about making sure your work does not end up in such an anthology, then order it right away. It's mainly about punctuation, but obviously has to drift into grammar now and again. The topic of the book must be one of the driest and yet most important subjects to tackle. Lynn Truss does it exceptionally well; putting in just enough humour to keep you lifted to read on and includes a good balance of apposite examples.
Someone has said that this is a platform for Ms Truss to show off her knowledge, but a book like this needs to be written from a stance of authority, rather than a personal opinion (of which there must be millions). She comes over as an expert the subject, but makes her points in non-condescending way. Having acknowledged her expertise, there are some moot points on which I would beg to differ and I feel from the style of the book she is the sort of person I could approach and have a discussion with.
This is a serious book, but not a dry text book and therfore a good read (I actually finished it and that should be a recommendation in itself!). It is useful for anyone who needs guidance and for writers looking for consolidation of thoughts on the subject.
And in case you were wondering: no, just because there's an "s" at the end of a word, you don't have to always precede it with an apostrophe!