The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English
Clark's chapters on tenses and connotation/denotation are good. The chapter on "To be" is disappointing. The author reminds us...more
Grammar is a subject that typically induces wincing, wheezing, or worse. Clark, a lifelong whiz at the subject, wants readers to fully appreciate the importance of good grammar and the qualities of superior writing. To that end, he has laid out several entertaining, easy-to-follow rules, governing everything from punctuation to alliteration, that promise to dramatically improve one's writing and develop an appreciation for language. Clark draws on examples ranging from De...more
The Glamour of Grammar is unlike any grammar book that I have ever read, as it is not only about rules and proper English. In the Glamour of Grammar Clark successfully attempts to convey...more
“The Glamour of Grammar” is broken into short, simple, concise chapters; flowing more like witty social commentary than a crusty old textbook...more
So, what about my punctuation above? Why did I put that question mark outside the quotes when the exclamation point went insid...more
The books is composed of 50 mini-lessons on the effective usage of language, most of them 2-3 pages long, grouped into various categories, from...more
I really had no idea that the word grammar and glamour actually meant the same thing, but I do now, thanks to the author. He tells us to embrace grammar as a box of tools not a set of rules, and encourages us to read the dictionary for fun.
I really like how he ends each chapter with a little segment called Keepsakes, reviewing the most important points of the chapter...more
In fact, the last couple chapters included a quote by Colin Powell (page 245) which added visual direction—he creates a complete story with his language. The quote isn’t about grammar, but it is an example of language crafted with wisdom. Also t...more
Roy Peter Clark, longtime teacher at the Poynter Institute, is funny, down-to-earth (he even uses the f-word) and easy to understand. The full title of this book is, "The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English," and Clark's enthusiasm for the English language is inspiring.
I picked up this book after a par...more
One chapter tackles the issue of using a serial comma, of writing "red, white, and blue" or "red, white and...more
I have to admit that I'm not the best grammatical writer. I don't remember most of the rules I learned in school (frankly I didn't care to really remembe...more
The author is a big advocate of using the dictionary and immersing yourself in the words. He is obviously a master when it comes to both the construction and diss...more
I can't say I really liked the book, though, which is why I am sticking at two stars.
I have the Kindle version, and the whole time I read it I wished it was in physical book form. This happens to me for about 20% of the books I read as e-books; in trying...more
The Glamour of Grammar receives cautious thumbs up from me. Roy Peter Clark is obviously a wonderful writer; he appreciates the magic of words; he distills difficult concepts down to first principles...more