This is one of the most interesting (AND FUN!) books that I have read in a long time. It is very well written, and presents the history of punctuation in a funny and logical manner. We see he connections that exist between the English language, and the earliest written languages which evolved thousands of years ago. The characters which come to life are not merely the punctuation, but many humans as well - Edward Gibbons with his 165 page footnote. Martin Luther and Johannes Eck debating with daggers and asterisks, and Origen (Alexandria) - a major contributor to our punctuation - who decides to castrate himself to improve his chances of going to heaven. Although sometimes anecdotal in approach, we are left with a clear and useful picture of the history of our language and punctuation. One finishes the book with regret, shaking the head, and repeating...'Who knew?'.
I'm a graphic designer who was interested in the pilcrow, and bought this book. The author does a great job going into the history behind the marks, and how it is intertwined with the history of writing itself.
A well-written and surprisingly engaging account of how and where our common punctuation marks arose and of how their use in English sentences has altered throughout the history of written English. I recommend this little volume to all comma-freaks!
Quirky, wry, and fascinating study of some of our most hard-working but under-appreciated punctuation marks--and some obscure ones, too. Had never heard of the author or his blog until I picked up this book, but having so thoroughly enjoyed this book, I'll certainly be following his work from here on out. Highlight of the book: the unexpected origins of the word "ampersand"! Highly recommended to all word nerds, typography geeks, and lovers of book history/print cultural esoterica.