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One of the most enjoyable books about writing that I have read. Moran practices what he preaches, in his own words, and the examples he chooses. Until he arrives at the end...
The three 'biographies' are moving and beautifully illustrative - but would be better woven elsewhere in the text. And the remaining paragraphs continue selling something this reader has already bought.
A very useful, instructive book to which I will return - without the final chapter.
This book hasn't been off my desk since I bought it. I don't agree with everything Moran writes, but he makes you think and examine your writing in ways others do not. I found the first 'justification' chapter a bit over-egged, but when Moran gets into the nuts and bolts of constructing sentences his advice is sound and his examples stimulating. As a book on style and writing, it is better than most and up there with Zinnser, Roy Peter Clarke, and, of course, Strunk & White.
This book is essential reading for anyone who writes. Whether you write to make a living or just for the fun of it there is much to be gained from a study of how to create a sentence. Highly recommended.
The author's words, not mine. But I agree. The book contains some practical advice with examples (a few more here and there wouldn't go amiss) as well as some lovely reflections on writing. Scholarly yet accessible, and a nice antidote to some of the more flippant and blog-like writing guides that are being published as I write.
Specific without being prescriptive or pedantic. Structured without being dry. Evocative without being vague or airy. This is my favourite guide to writing I've read and is full of excellently formed sentences.