Simple and Direct: A Rhetoric for Writers
After a lifetime of writing and editing prose, Jacques Barzun has set down his view of the best ways to improve one's style. His discussions of diction, syntax, tone, meaning, composition, and revision guide the reader through the technique of making the written word clear and agreeable to read. Exercises, model passages both literary and casual, and hundreds of amusing ex...more
- I sometimes think that writing is like driving sheep down a road. If there is any gate to the left or right, the readers will most certainly go into it. —C. S. Lewis
- here and there a touch of good grammar for picturesqueness. —Mark Twain
In my case, there were many words that I wasn't able to understand.
Sure, I learned from this book, but not as much as I hoped.
The other problem with this book is that it doesn't give the answers to the exercises, but only hints, which doesn't allow learning by example.