*note: This is a post from my archives, originally written in 2010*
Yet to those geeks, nerds and arguably those with even the slightest interest in language, Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by writer and journalist, Lynne Truss, not only makes punctuation fun, it makes it pretty darn funny.
Make no mistake about it, this book is a far cry from your usual punctuation handbook or style guide.
Sure, the rules of punctuation are all covered in good detail, though where Eats, Shoots & Leaves triumphs over other books on the subject, is that such rules disguised somewhat as rather helpful suggestions. It’s less a case of ‘Thou Shall Not [insert crime against grammar here]’, more a sort of ‘please don’t do that, it’s really annoying and we all hate it.’
Helpful rather than condescending, it’s an approach to the subject which works well, but there’s much more to this book than being a pretty useful, easy to read book on when and where to place a semi-colon.
More, Eats, Shoots & Leaves finds its author at the depths of despair over the plight of the much ill-treated English language, and is all the more brilliant because of it.