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The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker
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This book was recommended to me by Professor Geoff Pullum, a grammarian of the highest caliber. I asked him for a book to recommend instead of Strunk & White that he, within good reason frowns upon. It is such a relief to know that we don't need a rigid book of style in order to be good writers. We need a "sense" of style instead, that sense that helps me to cook Egyptian rice like no other, as the women of Egypt would call it "el-nafas", that is, the "breath". Pinker is a genius and whatever he writes is gold. His book reads like a book written by a linguist with great emphasis on cognitive science. He would read so well and you feel like he makes a lot of sense till he gets too deep and then you can't help but cry for help, "Dr Pinker, Dr Pinker, you have lost me this time. Could we make it more simple once again?" All the more reason to read a book like this more than once and don't read it please looking for recipes of good English style but looking for the "sense" that is the theme of his book.
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November 16, 2014 – Shelved
November 16, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
November 19, 2014 – Started Reading
November 25, 2014 – Shelved as: writing
November 25, 2014 – Shelved as: science
November 25, 2014 – Finished Reading

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Morgan Blackledge I wish I were "a grammarian of the highest caliber".
I suppose I should read the book then.
Pinker is a genius. It's next on my list.
Great review <3 Ibrahim <3.

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