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March 14, 2006

Eats, Shoots & Leaves 3

Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves 3 -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

I just typed out my entire blog, then accidentally pressed the backspace button and it took me back to the login page, completely erasing my entire thing. Ugh. Frustrating. Anyway, I'll try this again.

Once again, I really liked Truss's humor, especially when she tells us about her penpal incident in the 8th grade. I really laughed out loud when she explained what she did to little Miss Kerry-Anne. You can really tell how passionate Truss is about grammar and punctuation. Although she would probably be extremely critical, I kind of would like her to correct papers I write. I think she is very observantand talented.

On page 107, Virginia Wolfe's long sentence is just one example of what many authors do. I've never understood why authors could write such huge sentences and get away with it. I come across it a lot while reading for my Philosophy class. I'll begin reading a sentence, find it interesting or important, start highlighting it, and before I know it I'm halfway down the page and my highlighter's low on ink.

Also, on page 114, I liked how The Medusa and the Snail explained the difference and importance of semicolons rather than periods.

"But with the semicolon there you get a pleasant feeling of expectancy; there is more to come; read on; it will get clearer."

I think that is so true.

In addition, on page 118, I liked how Truss compares a colon to a magician's assistant.

"Like a well-trained magician's assistant, it pauses slightly to give you time to get a bit worried, and then efficiently whisks away the cloth and reveals the trick complete."

I think she explains that perfectly. It's also another example of just how cleary and easy to understand Truss persents this material.

Posted by AmandaNichols at March 14, 2006 08:57 PM

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I'm always amazed at how many authors are able to craft these sentences that become full paragraphs. Michael Chabon comes to mind rather quickly.

I guess my biggest problem with that is that I get lost within the sentence. That's why I can always go back to people like Steinbeck, who wrote short, sweet sentences.

Posted by: Mike Rubino at March 24, 2006 02:13 AM

Yes, I agree with you. I definitely get lost within the sentence and by the time I reach the end I don't remember half the sentence. Never heard of Chabon, but I love Steinback! He's a great example.

Posted by: AmandaNichols at April 26, 2006 11:55 AM

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