Author: Mark Forsyth
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In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style.
From classic poetry to pop lyrics and from the King James Bible to advertising slogans, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase – such as ‘Tiger, tiger, burning bright’ or ‘To be or not to be’ – memorable.
In his inimitably entertaining and witty style he takes apart famous lines and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde. Whether you’re aiming for literary immortality or just an unforgettable one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don’t need to have anything to say – you simply need to say it well.
I adored this book! I read it in one sitting in a coffee shop, where my bouts of laughter attracted some rather scathing glances. (How dare I enjoy a book so much that I laugh out loud!)
It does exactly what it says on the cover, instructs one on how to “Turn the Perfect English Phrase,” and so, so much more.
I want to tell everyone I know to read it, but, I sort of don’t at the same time because I want to keep all of the amazing knowledge stored within its rather beautiful cover to myself. Is that bad? Maybe. Do I care? No!
So, as a peace offering, I am going to post this review incredibly loudly on my blog and all of my friends and family that love me enough to traipse through other book reviews and awful original writing by yours truly will find this review and MY HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION. And if they don’t love me enough to suffer my tedious and obnoxious musings, they will miss out on this gem (and I can keep it to myself for a little while longer).
So, friends, family and anyone else who might be reading this review, for fun, laughter and an enlightening read on the figures of rhetoric, choose this book.