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A very well written book. And the book is well made too. The binding is good, paper quality good, and the typography is on point.
The content is amazing too. It's written in a way that you want to read the next part ones some with one. It has book detailed tips for improving your sentences as well as the big picture on what makes good sentences, and good writing in general.
Have this on my Audible account. This is a book I return to often as a friend would revisit a friend as a student would revisit his teacher. Every 'listen' draws more meaning and more good sense. In all that I write this book hangs as the voice behind my head asking me, demanding, that I be more considerate to my reader and remove everything that will frustrate her and make her struggle to read on. The book never hectors; it's a kind work guiding you gently to revise if possible listen to what you've written and revise, and revise again. I may never achieve the perfection that comes out of polishing a piece of furniture again and again until you can see the reflection of your face in it but it's enough that I am able to discern my face when first I saw only a full cupboard whose beauty lay hidden by neglect. What more can I say of something so refined and so very absorbing? This is one book many will return to, as I do, as much for its inherent goodness as for its brilliant narration.
The author describes his book as a 'style guide by stealth' and I think he succeeds admirably in giving advice about how to write in a clear and user-friendly way. I also enjoyed Steven Pinker's 'The Sense of Style', but it seems to me that his and other such works often have a paralysing effect, because one becomes more concerned about writing 'correctly' than in expressing oneself clearly. This book, in contrast, by concentrating on writing sentence by sentence, makes it very easy to apply the author's rules and suggestions to one's own writing. And his explanations of technical terms, the difference between parataxis and hypotaxis, for example, are so clear and beguiling that the book is a pleasure to read. It's also pleasant to dip into the book for the passages he quotes, such as G. M. Trevelyan's marvellous sixty-four word sentence on page 132.
An almost perfect book. Not a style guide, not a dry factual book, but a walk along a polymathic path towards self-help, self-awareness, wonder, curiosity, life...what a surprise this book is. This is the now the book I will most often give as a present.
This is essential reading for writers and for those who aspire to be writers. A far more emotional experience than I expected, it is an in-depth exploration, not just of the sentence but of all writing. Towards the end there are real-life examples of the power and the appeal of writing, which unless you are without soul will have you in tears. Brilliant and a book I will certainly reread.
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.