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How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

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    Fish swings for the fences, but picks up a long single.

    The title and first chapter piqued my interest, so I bought the book and spent a weekend studying it from cover to cover. It is an easy read, well written, and full of great sentences. I liked Fish's emphasis on the mastery of a sentence to improve overall writing. First, you master form; then, content. I enjoyed the following chapters: The Subordinating Style, The Additive Style, First Sentences, and Last Sentences. However, the book promises more than it delivers. I felt unsatisfied at the end. Fish's "How to Write a Sentence" is nothing more than a collection of sentences that he likes. He has an affinity for sentence geekery, and this is part of his collection. Overall, there is value in reading the book. I would, however, wait until it goes in the bargain bin before you make the investment, since there are numerous other grammar and style books that will serve you better, including one that Fish critiques: The Elements of Style by Strunk and White.

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    Posted March 10, 2012

    It was interesting...

    For about 40-50 pages and then you realize how pretentious and tedious this book is. I am glad i read it, but you will be ok if you decide to skip this one.

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