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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent stuff.
Contrary to what another reviewer said, most of the book is indeed written in the Classic Style, and it does in fact tell you how to write in it, at least to the degree that that is possible: it tells you the mindset that must underlie it. Any writing consistent with the classic prose mindset, crafted according to its assumptions, must perforce be classic prose.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stuff you need to know but beware of hook, line, and sinker
Solid introduction to the world of prose style. This book will teach you how to recognize classical and other writing styles. It won't teach you how to write classic prose, however. Unfortunately -- and without any comment on their choice -- the authors choose not to write this book IN classic style, and I found that eerie and ironic. Speaking of irony, I found...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent stuff., 11 Mar 1999
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This review is from: Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose (Paperback)
Contrary to what another reviewer said, most of the book is indeed written in the Classic Style, and it does in fact tell you how to write in it, at least to the degree that that is possible: it tells you the mindset that must underlie it. Any writing consistent with the classic prose mindset, crafted according to its assumptions, must perforce be classic prose.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stuff you need to know but beware of hook, line, and sinker, 14 Jun 1998
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This review is from: Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose (Paperback)
Solid introduction to the world of prose style. This book will teach you how to recognize classical and other writing styles. It won't teach you how to write classic prose, however. Unfortunately -- and without any comment on their choice -- the authors choose not to write this book IN classic style, and I found that eerie and ironic. Speaking of irony, I found the book's title downright disingenuous -- the authors use Oscar Wilde's epigram: "The truth is seldom pure and never simple" as an example of classic writing, i.e., an example of "the truth pure and simple." This sneaky ruse tempts the young reader with a come-on nostrum the authors themselves know is bunkum.
What the authors (or someone else) should do is write a "how-to" on writing classic prose and write it classically. Have problem sets converting plain prose into classic. It'd be neat -- getting to write loads of surprise mickey endings to sentences, like: "While the student of writing often first flounders when searching for an authentic writing style, the authors of trendy style books almost always hit gold."
Finally, there are a couple of silly gibes in the book. Up front, the authors go after The Elements of Style. This is kind of useless as the target market for this book -- college students -- have probably ALREADY BOUGHT that book for their first course of English remediation, so that $6.50 is already gone, daddy. And the gibe at the "new" New Yorker is weird and freakishly reminiscent of book burning (or is it just sour grapes?). So let me ask the authors, what's a guy 'sposed to read instead, Sports Illustrated?'
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