Sunday, October 24, 2010
The Glamour of Grammar a Guide to Magic and Mystery of English by Roy Peter Clark
Roy Peter Clark makes grammar entertaining. He brings out the glamour (as in magic) of the english language. He asks you to immerse yourself in thinking about language.
This is not a dry and pedantic book. It does not follow a prescriptive pattern with exact descriptions of how you should use language. Instead, the author attempts to show you a variety of ways to use punctuation and grammar for different outcomes. He even describes how and when to use taboo words and sentence fragments. This was surprising and enjoyable.
For Roy Peter Clark grammar is a tool for self expression. There are many different examples of how periods, colons, apostrophes, points and other punctuation is used. My favorite example of grammar is the use of the punk rock band, "? and The Mysterians."
If you like language and word play: You will like this book. There is a lot of lighthearted self referential humor in the writing. I like how he describes Appendix A ( Words I Have Misspelled), and Appendix B (Words I Have Confused.).
This book gives grammar that zing which is missing from most grammar texts. I enjoyed the book enough to want to read Roy Peter Clark's other book, Writing Tools.