The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase
Themes and genres: Non-fiction, writing guides, advice, tips
In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style.
From classic poetry to pop lyrics and from the King James Bible to advertising slogans, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase – such as ‘Tiger, tiger, burning bright’ or ‘To be or not to be’ – memorable.
In his inimitably entertaining and witty style he takes apart famous lines and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde. Whether you’re aiming for literary immortality or just an unforgettable one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don’t need to have anything to say – you simply need to say it well.
What I think of the book:
The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase is a fancy name for a simple, straight-forward book. When I read a sample of it, I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on the whole thing and when my paperback finally arrived a few weeks later and I got to read more, I was not disappointed.
Something that’s really important to me when it comes to educational books is that the subject matter isn’t presented in a dry, boring manner. With The Elements of Eloquence, the material is presented not only in an easy to understand way, but also in an entertaining fashion. The writing style is clever and – and this is something I don’t usually say about books of this kind – it makes you smile. You can feel that the author cares about the knowledge he’s sharing with you and his enthusiasm is contagious.
Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend The Elements of Eloquence to authors who want to hone their craft, but might find it difficult to concentrate on advice books.
My rating: (5/5 quills)
Would I re-read this book? Yes. Many, many times.
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes.
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