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The writing here is out and out funny, and still manages to maintain a serious tone ...
23 September 2017
"Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college."
- 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.