“You don’t need to be a grammar nerd to enjoy this one… Who knew grammar could be so much fun?” -Newsweek
“Witty and instructive… Truss is an entertaining, well-read scold in a culture that could use more scolding.” -USA Today
“Truss is William Safire crossed with John Cleese’s Basil Fawlty.” -Entertainment Weekly
“Witty, smart, passionate, it gives long-overdue attention to ‘the traffic signals of language.’”--John Rechy, Los Angeles Times Book Review “Best Books of 2004: Nonfiction”
“Truss’s scholarship is impressive and never dry.” -Edmund Morris, The New York Times
“[Truss is] a reformer with the soul of a stand-up comedian.” -Boston Globe
“ 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 of anyone who cares about grammar and a gentle introduction for those who don’t care enough.” -Boston Sunday Globe
“Lynne Truss makes [punctuation] a joy to contemplate.” -Elle Magazine
“A witty look at the amusing foibles of punctuation.” -Reader’s Digest
“Lynne Truss has done the English-speaking world a huge service.” -The Christian Science Monitor
“Witty and playful.” -Time Out New York
A panda walked into a cafe. He ordered a sandwich, ate it, then pulled out a gun and shot the waiter. 'Why?' groaned the injured man. The panda shrugged, tossed him a badly punctuated wildlife manual and walked out. And sure enough, when the waiter consulted the book, he found an explanation. 'Panda,' ran the entry for his assailant. 'Large black and white mammal native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.' We see signs in shops every day for "Banana's" and even "Gateaux's". Competition rules remind us: "The judges decision is final." Now, many punctuation guides already exist explaining the principles of the apostrophe; the comma; the semi-colon. These books do their job but somehow punctuation abuse does not diminish. Why? Because people who can't punctuate don't read those books! Of course they don't! They laugh at books like those! Eats, Shoots and Leaves adopts a more militant approach and attempts to recruit an army of punctuation vigilantes: send letters back with the punctuation corrected. Do not accept sloppy emails. Climb ladders at dead of night with a pot of paint to remove the redundant apostrophe in "Video's sold here".
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