Join Lynne Truss on a hilarious tour through the rules of punctuation that is. When Eats, Shoots & Leaves came out, and people wanted to know the story. Eats, Shoots & Leaves has ratings and reviews. I have, for some reason, frequently been recommended Lynne Truss’s book, though the reason. After reading Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Steven Poole concludes that punctuation should be a help, not a hindrance.

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However, she gave punctuation and grammar a voice, and, however briefly, made people think about language, ambiguity and meaning, which is certainly good. It’s all an outrage to her and she throws in wonderful anecdotes to illustrate her point of view.

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There’s a difference between russian punctuation and english punctuation, and sometimes when I write my reviews, I find it rather hard to determine whether this comma is ok to use in english as I use it in russian.

View all 5 comments. Truss bemoans the loss of knowledge or of vy in proper use of language.

Mar 04, Dan Schwent rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 30, Michael Gardner rated it it was amazing. Truss makes me feel a little stuffy about caring about such things but there is definitely a comfort in knowing I’m not alone.

View all 17 comments. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. It’s unacceptable, since I am not a famous author who can break the rules with impunity.

I had always assumed an apostrophe was there. It would be very easy for Ms. The author of three novels and numerous radio comedy dramas, she spent six years as the television critic… More about Lynne Truss. From the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon, this lively history makes a powerful case for the preservation of a system of printing conventions that is much too subtle to be mucked about with.


She lumps improper punctuation in with poor grammar and phonetic spelling, and in the process she looses sight of her original aim. This crime landed me on her ” Bad punctuation can force an innocent animal to live outside the law.

As she notes throughout the book, punctuation is one of those things that few people ever really get to learn. Even worse is the feeling that occurs when coming across such a cliff-edge while reading; a stomach lurching queasiness that something doesn’t feel right, and if only that editor had paid a little more attention we wouldn’t be in According to Lynne Truss, I’m a “stickler”.

In one Agatha Christie novel, the whole mystery hung upon where the emphasis in a sentence was placed: May 30, Cecily rated it liked it Shelves: Nonetheless I will admit that it was a challenge reading the chapters about the apostrophe and the comma although I have learned a few knew tricks for commas.

You may notice that maybe it’s not the best idea to read a book about english grammar in russian language. Yes, she is deadly serious about it.

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Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Another thing I appreciated was that, this book having been written by a Brit, it hasn’t been Americanised. I already appreciate and like punctuation – so really what I got out of this was a history lesson and a future warning that if we continue on our txtbsd way, lynme our punctuation may go the way of the Dodo bird.


Cruelty to punctuation is quite unlegislated: Have I left my sentence hanging on a cliff-edge with a poorly placed dash?

A must and an enjoyable read for anyone who cares about our language, for any reader. Now the question you ask will be: There is one chapter each on apostrophes ; commas ; semicolons and colons ; exclamation marksquestion marks and quotation marks ; italic typedashesbracketsellipses and emoticons ; and the last one on hyphens. Aug 29, Riku Sayuj rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is not a grammar book but an entertaining nonfiction about the most funny misuse of punctuati. View all 9 comments.

All have humor and examples of right and wrong usage. Lists with This Book. Paperbackpages. I learned my punctuation ehoots my mom and copious reading. What I mean, is that this is not some dry reference book – and the panda joke on the back cover prepares you for that. I found myself asking, for instance, whether the subtitle presents some problems. If you have always struggled, or sometimes doubt, how to use any of these, this is definitely the book bj you.

The tiny marks that make the written English word behave the way it does have come to us along a remarkable number of paths.