In the spirit of her runaway hit, #1 "New York Times" bestseller "Eats, Shoots and Leaves," Lynne Truss analyzes the apparent collapse of manners in our daily lives, and tells us what one can do about it.In the spirit of her runaway hit, #1 "New York Times" bestseller "Eats, Shoots and Leaves," Lynne Truss analyzes the apparent collapse of manners in our daily lives, and tells us what one can do about it.Read Less
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Lynne Truss does not follow-up her hugely entertaining bestseller ?Eats, Shoots and Leaves? with another book on language and grammar; instead, she writes ? wait, what exactly does she write? This is not a handbook to good manners, and nor is it a traditional etiquette book ? actually, her own description of it is as follows: ?About Rudeness. Big Rant. Short. No discernible value.? Unfortunately, she is about right on most counts. But, fortunately, being a book by Lynne Truss, it?s a very easy and entertaining read, if only a little ? how shall I put this ? lacking in substance, the impressive bibliography notwithstanding. It feels like a charming and rambling after-dinner conversation, and, at least, for the moment, provides an outlet for all our frustration and rage at the inconsiderate rudeness all around us. And to that I say cheers!
Publishers Weekly, 2005-10-03 This isn't a book about good manners, per se. Instead, the British author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves sets out "to mourn... the apparent collapse of civility in all areas of our dealing with strangers; then to locate a tiny flame of hope in the rubble." It's a plea to show some consideration to others, especially in certain areas: (1) "Was That So Hard to Say?" ("thank you"); (2) "Why am I the One Doing This?" (e.g., punching doggedly through the automated switchboard); (3) "My Bubble, My Rules" (forcing others to listen to a private conversation on a mobile phone); (4) "The Universal Eff-Off Reflex" (outrage when antisocial behavior is pointed out); (5) "Booing the Judges" (active disrespect for the umpire, the older person, anyone in authority); and (6) "Someone Else Will Clean It Up" (e.g., rubbish tossed out the car window). Truss expounds on these themes with fine ire, mordant humor and many examples, but it must be said that the result is not so much a book as a heavily padded magazine article. Not that this will bother the many book buyers who will tuck it lovingly into the Christmas stockings of their somewhat discomfited nearest and dearest. Agent, Anthony Goff. (On sale Nov. 8) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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