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The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This new international edition has very little extra to offer to the student of English grammar than previous editions. The cover is poor quality and the book small and thin with small print. It is, however, an essential acquisition for serious writers but overpriced for a book that must have cost the publishers so little to produce.
The Diary of John Evelyn by John Eve
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
As first hand history over a vast period of time from 1620 to 1705, John Evelyn's diary is a must for serious historians of this period. Evelyn was at the cutting edge of 17th century technology being a member of the Royal Society and working with such people as Christopher Wren after the Great Fire. A staunch royalist, and a deeply religious Anglican, Evelyn writes of King Charles and his mistresses, wars with France and Holland, the plague, smallpox, infant mortality and the text of every sermon he attends throughout his life. I intended to skip through the Diary but found myself wanting to read more about John Evelyn and his large family and one particular lady he appeared to like… Read more
Life Of Pi by Yann Martel
Life Of Pi by Yann Martel
The author introduces the two themes of religion and zoology in the opening chapters of the novel so that by the time Pi is cast adrift upon a lifeboat with various zoo animals I felt I fully understood Pi's perspective. Yann Martell is able to make the reader suspend disbelief and this fantasy is a tense page turner with a subtle undercurrent of humour. Every time I read the tiger's name I wanted to laugh. The final twist in the plot left me pondering about Pi and his predicament long after I had finished the novel. It is one of those books that you immediately want to read again when you close the last page.