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Posted July 20, 2001
AN INSTRUCTIVE & ENTERTAINING CRITIQUE OF CONTEMPORARY WRITING
This 200 page book, Championship Writing, by Paula LaRocque is a tour de force for instruction in correct, fresh and effective writing and so engagingly written as to recall the 1950¿s & 60¿s nonpareil language expert and author Bergen Evans. Currently the only wordsmith that comes to mind in her class is William Safire. Writers of English are not the only ones who will benefit and be entertained by this book - readers of the language will be also. But be forewarned, reading this book could be a mixed blessing. Never again will the reader uncritically accept the writings in books, newspapers and magazines. Why do authors use certain expressions or clichés? How better could the reader construct the all important opening paragraph of the written material? One does not have to possess the originality of Herman Melville with his opening sentence of 'CALL ME ISHMAEL.' to imagine that he could come up with an improved first sentence or paragraph used by other authors. On the other hand talented writing will be more easily recognized and appreciated after reading LaRocque. Thus the feelings of schadenfreude may be experienced when reading poorly written articles and awe when reading top notch material.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.