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Eats, Shoots and Leaves Paperback – Notebook, 1 Oct 2009
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‘A punctuation repair kit. Passionate and witty…fresh and funny.’ Independent
‘If Lynne Truss were Roman Catholic I’d nominate her for sainthood.’ Frank McCourt
‘I laughed, I howled, and I immediately wanted to join the militant wing of the Apostrophe Society. This is great stuff: genuine, heartfelt and rousing.’ Jenny Colgan
‘Enchanting, full of jokes and anecdotes and information. It makes you love punctuation; you want to conserve what is left and perhaps call for more of it.’ Sunday Telegraph
‘It can only be a matter of time before the government seizes the chance to appoint [Truss] minister for punctuation. The manifesto is already written.’ Guardian
‘Truss deserves to be piled high with honours.’ John Humphrys, Sunday Times
‘Worth its weight in gold.’ Independent
About the Author
Lynne Truss is one of Britain's best-loved comic writers and is the author of the worldwide bestsellers ‘Eats, Shoots & Leaves’ and ‘Talk to the Hand’. Her most recent book is ‘Get Her Off the Pitch!’ She reviews for the Sunday Times and writes regularly for radio.
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If I was rating this book solely on how much I enjoyed reading it, I would only award it one star. The mixture of anecdotes and factual content just didn’t appeal to me. It read as though it was constantly floundering between genres of non-fiction, humour and memoir.
On the positive side, this book does explain all the rules of punctuation, the exceptions to those rules, and examples that fall in to the ‘sometimes it’s this, but sometimes it’s that’ category. However, they’re buried within a vast array of quotes and anecdotes that are taken from an equally diverse range of sources. Anything from ancient tomes to modern signage provides grist to the author’s considerable mill.
The downside, at least for me, was the author’s rhetoric. I can understand anyone noticing punctuation errors, and either responding with mild annoyance, or simply finding them amusing, but the author voices strong objection to them all. I admire those who express a genuine passion for their chosen subject, unfortunately Ms Truss frequently came across as obsessive and lecturing.
Overall, the book is authoritative and extensively researched, it just wasn’t pleasing to read. With salient points regarding the art of correct punctuation being so scattered among literary window dressing, it doesn’t lend itself to being an effective reference book either. It’s all there, just not in a package I liked.
I went to school in the 1980s when there was a move away from the more traditional 3 R approach to reading and writing and arithmetic (surely that's 1 R, a W and an A?) to a more phonetic approach. Students learned to spell by sounding out words, which left me with not only a spoken Fife accent but also a badly mis-spelled one; and how to punctuate by, I guess osmosis. In fact the only teaching I remember of punctuation at school was my primary school headmaster confidently telling our class that when it comes to punctuation, "if in doubt, leave it out". I have therefore remained relatively impermeable to the subtitles of punctuation unless my word processor tells me otherwise.
I read this book hoping for a light hearted way to improve my deficiencies, but as entertaining as it is, a lot of what I've never truly grasped just went in one eyeball and out the other.
But; then again this is not a text book on grammar (thank god for that!) and instead is full of anecdotes of punctuation faux pas aimed squarely at those who know their semi colons from a sigmoid colon. As someone who once mixed up the later at a pub quiz there was a lot of this book I just didn't get.