01 June 2006

The Art of Punctuation — book review

Noah Lukeman is a writers' agent with a lot of top class clients, so maybe he knows whereof he speaks on this issue. He is concerned with the business of clarifying your writing by using punctuation in an efficient manner. The unique selling point here is that there are no grammar lessons and no attempt to bore the reader with rules and conventions. Instead, he seeks to inform by showing examples of successful use by well-known authors. And it is aimed at creative writers, who I suspect will enjoy this approach. Most of his argument is posed in the form of metaphors (commas: the speed bumps of punctuation) and when he analyses examples, he tries to show how writers achieve their special effects ... Read more >>


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