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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; 1 edition (April 11 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592402038
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592402038
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 12.8 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on June 2 2004
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. Grammar is hardly something the normal person would think to be interesting, especially in book form. This is truely one of a kind. Lynne Truss has such a great way with witty and intelligent humor. I would recommend it to anyone! Besides, I've just about had it with seeing grammar mistakes all over the place.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By prisrob on May 7 2004
Format: Hardcover
Lynne Truss has written a marvelously entertaining book in "Eats, Shoots & Leaves-The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation." She tells us that punctuation marks are the traffic
signals of language.
Lynne Truss believes that she was born with a seventh-sense. She is a "stickler" for proper punctuation. Most of us are happily equipped to live in a world of plummeting punctutation standards. We would be the ones to whisper to ourselves, "Oh, get a life!" Lynne Truss believes it is her right, and,indeed, her duty to inform one when their punctution is not correct. She cannot live in a world of constant shock. She lives a tough life, and at times cannot bear to get up in the mornings. Everywhere there are signs of indifference and ignorance. At every point Lynne Truss gives us examples of her everyday shock, and how she tries to right it.
Lynne Truss started out as a literary editor. She is the author of three novels and many radio comedy dramas. She spent six years as the television critic of the "The Times" (London) followed by four years as the sports columnist. She now reviews books for "The Sunday Times" (London), and is heard regularly on
BBC radio 4.
Lynne Truss relates how she came to title her book.
A panda walks into a cafe. he orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air. "Why" asks the confused waiter, as the panda makes toward the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder. "I'm a panda, he says at the door. "Look it up." The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an explanation.
"Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China.
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Too many of us have forgotten how to use punctuation correctly and may not appreciate how it impacts on meaning.
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Format: Hardcover
I remember a long time ago seeing a headline in a paper that read "Milk Drinkers Turning to Powder." This is the kind of English that really sets off Lynne Truss. I saw an interview with her on television, and while she had a sense of humor, and that is apparent from the book, she also had a very serious side, and I was sure that for certain grammatical errors she would not hesitate to shoot and leave!
The title of this book comes from the kind of problem that people can encounter in the difference between spoken language and written language. Being a fan of poetry, I am very aware of the difference between spoken words and written words on the page, and what a difference simple intonations and voice changes can make. Punctuation and spelling can make a big difference, too. Is it here, or hear? Here here! or Hear! Hear! There are lots of arguments for the need for correct grammar and punctuation, and there are lots of pieces in here that talk about the history and misuse in the past of punctuation in key times.
This is a very British book in many senses, and some of the American rules of grammar are different, but it is still fun to read and see what happens with the differences. Truss has a dry wit and this comes through most of the time fairly well. There were times I did laugh quite a bit, and times I copied things down to email to friends.
This is a fun book. You won't want to leave it behind, eating or shooting.
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Format: Hardcover
I read the British version of this book first, and I have to say, it's funnier in its "original language." I never thought a book on punctuation would be funny, but after reading an excerpt in a British newspaper, I made a special trip out to buy it. I was laughing out loud the whole way home while reading it on the plane.
I suppose the book is not funny if you don't think there's anything wrong with misplaced punctuation, but if you do, this book is a treat!
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Format: Hardcover
As a book publisher, it is wonderful to see a book on punctuation at the top of Amazon'a list. Must be more writers out there than we thought.
Eric Bollinger
McKenna Publishing Group
Publisher of Jim Woods' "Two Dozen Lessons From an Editor"
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As one who was taught grammar the old-fashioned way by diagramming sentences in the fifth grade, I cringe every time I see such gems as "Every dog has it's day", signs advertising "apple's" and "orange's", the interminable misuse of their, there and they're, people acting like they never heard of past participles (a sign in a community center near my office exhorts the kids to "Stay strong, stay focus"), and the confusion of words that sound alike but mean totally different things, such as residents and residence. Do residence live in the residents? Believe it or not, I've actually seen this written.
One wonders if they actually teach grammar in the schools any more. Given some of the notes I've read written by teachers to parents, it's doubtful. I've seen teachers whose own grammar skills were so poor they wouldn't recognize the most flagrant grammatical errors if they were written in letters four inches high. So Lynne Truss's book is long overdue for the hordes (not hoards) of the grammar-impaired. (Yes, simply moving or omitting a comma can totally change the meaning of a sentence. Try these three: "Eats, shoots and leaves"; "Eats shoots and leaves", and "Eats shoots, and leaves".)
The book is short, concise and very much to the point. Unfortunately, it will probably be read and enjoyed only by those who already get the joke in the title.
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