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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (Jan. 17 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061840548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061840548
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul P. Alisauskas on June 12 2011
Format: Hardcover
There's more to a (good) sentence than meets the eye. Stanley Fish knows quite a bit about it and, using quite few dazzlers of his own, lets us in on some of the finer points.

For starters, sentences aren't REALLY what you might think they are; a dry collection of 'parts', strung together with Leggo connections and 'rules', though the rules and the stringing together are important. This fertile bundle of revelations will get you thinking about things WAY beyond grammar - all the way to how sentence structure colours reality (but, don't worry, it's not essential that you do so).

The book jacket has one of the reviewers describing the author as the "Vin Scully of great writing". That sells Fish short by a country mile or more - sportscasters merely describe WHAT happened; Fish unpacks sentences in a manner that gets at the heart of WHY.

I have a love/hate relationship with many small books. I'm not ambivalent about this one. If you want to get a sense of writing as an organic process, some fascinating perspectives on writing generally and some memorable literary signposts, you won't be disappointed with this book.
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By E. Krebs on May 12 2014
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Just the sections on additive and subordinating styles made this a worthwhile read. I would recommend this to all. Cheers
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By Julia H on Dec 21 2013
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Just started reading it but looks fantastic. If you enjoy writing this is for you. Delivery took a long time, just received this book two days ago and ordered Nov 25 now Dec 21, however it is a busy time of year.
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By dove on Aug. 5 2012
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This guy , Mr Fish, is a master. A wonderful book. I wish he would just keep writing and writing. very solid points and tips on how to improve that you would not get from the now so called famous "shrunk and not-write", pun intended. This is a wonderful book, I wish someone would have given me this many years a go , very sad that that it took so long. Buy it, it is worth it.
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By Mark Nenadov TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 22 2012
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This is a really fun read. And it is also immensely helpful to any serious reader or writer. Fish doesn't just outline principles or techniques, but he provides LOTS of examples. This book is stuffed full of excellent examples of great sentences which illustrate what he is saying.

The chapters about first and last sentences are simply delightful. I think I will never again read a book without paying careful attention to the opening and closing line again!

My only complaint is that the last couple pages are far annoyingly sentimental and gushy.
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