- Reading level: 18+ years
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Avery; Reprint edition (11 April 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592402038
- ISBN-13: 978-1592402038
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.7 x 18.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,02,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation Paperback – 11 Apr 2006
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Eats, Shoots & Leaves “makes correct usage so cool that you have to admire Ms. Truss.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times “Witty, smart, passionate.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review, Best Books Of 2004: Nonfiction “This book changed my life in small, perfect ways like learning how to make better coffee or fold an omelet. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who cares about grammar and a gentle introduction for those who don’t care enough.”—The Boston Sunday Globe
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Praise for Lynne Truss and Eats, Shoots & Leaves:
Eats, Shoots & Leaves "makes correct usage so cool that you have to admire Ms. Truss."
JANET MASLIN, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Witty, smart, passionate."
LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW, BEST BOOKS OF 2004: NONFICTION
"Who knew grammar could be so much fun?"
"Witty and instructive. . . . Truss is an entertaining, well-read scold in a culture that could use more scolding."
"Truss is William Safire crossed with John Cleeses Basil Fawlty."
"Lynne Truss has done the English-speaking world a huge service."
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
"This book changed my life in small, perfect ways like learning how to make better coffee or fold an omelet. Its the perfect gift for anyone who cares about grammar and a gentle introduction for those who dont care enough."
THE BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE
"Lynne Truss makes [punctuation] a joy to contemplate."
"If Lynne Truss were Roman Catholic Id nominate her for sainthood."
Frank McCourt, author of Angelas Ashes
"Trusss scholarship is impressive and never dry."
EDMUND MORRIS, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
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I consider myself a punctuation Nazi. This book is a must-read for all the grammar and punctuation sticklers out there. It is a witty and entertaining read perfect for those like me who start hyperventilating and breaking out in hives at the misuse of commas, apostrophes, and semi-colons. If you ever felt a surge of rage at those who do not understand the difference between contractions, possessives, and plurals, then this book will be like a breath of fresh air for you. 5 perfectly punctuated stars.
- Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
This is one quote I found in a book I recently read A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut. Although it just goes to show the contrast between the American casual writing and the rules of punctuation in formal British English as elaborated in this book, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation is a laugh out loud hilarious book in it's own right. The writing here is out and out funny, and still manages to maintain a serious tone to explain the workings of punctuations.
I got to know about this book through some website I don't remember. It was well worth it. I usually consider myself to be using correct punctuations as far as possible (to the extent of using them, as much as possible, during text chats), but the way the author described her state at the sight of incorrect use of punctuation is both hilarious and extreme. I have laughed out loud, for 3 straight minutes, in a crowded train while reading this. 3 minutes might not look much here, but in real life, watching someone laugh like crazy (alone) for a period of more than 30 seconds is scary. English being the first language of the reader is not a prerequisite to enjoy this book, all you need to be is attentive. It's a rather short and breezy read.
I'd recommend this book to people who can find humor in everyday grammatical mistakes. This book can also act as a self help book in improving use of punctuation. But not everyone can probably enjoy it.
An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers
A great piece of humour and yet with a serious aim, this little book has become a runaway bestseller overnight and rightly so. As Lynne Truss has explained, there are many people who have little idea of the basics of punctuation today. This does not surprise us in the slightest.
As examiners, we have found scant regard continues to be paid to full stops, commas and question marks. However, by far the number one serial offender is the missing apostrophe. The story of the panda eating in a restaurant, then shoots the restaurant up and departs is an amusing story with an important message. The placing of punctuation in the wrong place can completely alter the message being conveyed… at some cost.
“A revolution in punctuation”, this book has been dedicated to the memory of the striking Bolshevik printers in St Petersburg who, in 1905, demanded to be paid the same rate for punctuation marks as for letters, and thereby directly precipitated the first Russian Revolution.
We have come a long way in over 100 years and the main casualty has been the written word. The ‘shorthand’ we have encountered in the last six years using the internet is enough to convince us that this book should be compulsory reading in schools hence a schools edition in 2006 with illustrations.
Besides, this book is a good read and very funny in places. To sell 50,000 copies in just over a week on release is a great achievement! It is true to say that the book makes a powerful case for the preservation of the system of what is interestingly described as ‘printing conventions’. However, this is not a book for pedants but for everyone, including members of the Bar who write lengthy Opinions and the judges who read them. It has never surprised us how cross the Judiciary become when they see sloppy legal paperwork. We expect it from solicitors but we must maintain a very high standard at the Bar, even with the infernal internet and toxic text messages.
Well done, Lynne for reminding us of our legal roots. ‘Sticklers unite’ she says, ‘you have nothing to lose but your sense of proportion – and arguably you didn’t have much of that to begin with’. Do look at the end of the book for a fine bibliography – all the usual suspects are there including one Bill Bryson and his ‘Troublesome Words’, and the excellent Philip Howard’s ‘The State of the Language: English observed.’
“Eats, Shoots and Leaves” remains a 21st century book to treasure for what could become an endangered system.
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