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7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.
A good book marred by the foreword?
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The Elements of Incomplete
posted by Anonymous on June 1, 2004Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 22, 2005
Idiosyncratic and Incorrect Advice They Can't Follow Themselves
This book's reputation never ceases to amaze me. The 'rules' it advocates are nothing more than style advice, having little to do with grammar or syntax, and are often trite and more often meaningless. 'Omit needless words!' No help as to what they are. 'Write with nouns and verbs, not adjectives and adverbs!' Like, say, 'needless'? And so on... a quick glance at the writings of EB White shows that he uses as many adjectives and adverbs as anyone else- to wonderful effect, I may add, he's a fine writer-, that he uses relative restrictive which (which he says is forbidden), and in many other ways doesn't follow his own advice. And why should he? It's not good advice. It's a series of prejudices from nearly a century ago, and has little to do with good writing by anyone.
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Posted August 19, 2013
Shame on BN - as noted below in some of 179 Customer Reviews it'
Shame on BN - as noted below in some of 179 Customer Reviews it's very hard to tell which edition this book or any of the other books with the same tittle and author, are, or which is the most current. If you read the Overview, the Editorial Reviews and the Comments listed they appear on each version of the book which BN has offers. So not only are you clueless to which edition of book the editorial review is actually reviewing, but you have no frame of reference which of the comments apply to which of the books. I opened 3 different versions of this book, and the same Overview, Editorial Review and Comments appear under each of the different books. So when it's noted that some of the books don't contain all the contents as described in the overview - it's no wonder since the same reviews are posted for each edition of the book. come on BN - you can do better then this! You do change the Product Details area which displays the ISBN number, the publisher and the date published and the number of pages - surely you can provide separate comments as they apply to each of the various versions. Please correct - right now what you display for the average reader is misleading and erroneous.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.