Eats, Shoots & Leaves isn’t exactly a grammar book, but a point of view on the current grammatical state of today in a witty and delightful way. A thing or two to learn about proper grammar and how important they are is what to expect in this book.
Rating: 4/5 (Click for rating system)
Gotta admit my interest was only piqued because of how creative the title is. I had not much problems with seeing wrong punctuation than I do with bad grammar, but this book made me realize quite a number of points and I learned several things.
There’s a dose of humor, a spoonful of historical trivia, and lots of head banging over examples of misused punctuation marks.
It’s not exactly a grammar book in my opinion. But it does teach a thing or two about things you need to know about punctuation
I never actually imagined learning grammar in any sense could be any more than a yawn and lots of dozing off. I was taken by surprised on how much I enjoyed the books humor and info.
Probably the best thing I like about the book is that it doesn’t treat it’s reader like an idiot. Unlike some other books I read who seem to have an ABC approach to a 3-year old, this book believes in the reader. Enough examples, brief explanations that give you the option whether or not something is up to your taste. Truss doesn’t tell you exactly that this is right and this is wrong, but it will depend on which version you are comfortable with – British or English grammar.
I don’t have anything much to say, but I treat this book more of an entertainment than a information book, both a good and a bad thing.
If you’re looking for a light, entertaining, and witty book (even without that much interest in grammar), this is that book.