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For the English Lovers/Teachers Inside all of Us,
This review is from: Eats, Shites & Leaves: Crap English and How to Use It (Hardcover)
"Eats, Shites and Leaves" is the parody of Lynne Truss' "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" and is a much kinder read for anyone interested enough to give it a go. I would suggest that it is mostly suited for those with a minor obsession with the English Language; whether they are students, teachers or just "Sticklers" who appreciate English fully and can still joke about it.
As an English Student, I found the book both interesting and entertaining, even though at first glance it appears to be a list of English "Do's and Don'ts"; which by the way quite a lot of it is. If you can plough through the lists and deliberate mistakes (I recommend small doses), you'll find that it is very cleverly written and leaves you feeling as if you've been entertained, rather than preached to about spelling, grammar and "good English" for 165 pages. The whole book is brilliantly illustrated with examples of "bad English", delighting in the oral blunders of all the people we love to see stuff-up their precisely constructed speeches, ranging from George W. Bush to Britney Spears.
If you are thinking about reading/purchasing this book and you haven't yet read "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" I strongly advise that you do so at some point before or after reading "Eats, Shites and Leaves". Although they aren't closely related as parodies go, they do neatly complement each other and are more interesting in combination.
Overall "Eats, Shites and Leaves" is a good read, managing to incorporate entertainment, interesting facts and actual education in an approachable and funny way. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for something different to read, especially with Christmas just around the corner.