Can a Grammar book actually resemble a piece of fiction? No. Unless you are reading Eats, Shoots, and Leaves by Lynne Truss, and in that case it is done right adorable.
(I mentioned I was reading Strunk and White’s book last post, and right now I am flip-flopping between the two because neither of these grammar books should be read together in one afternoon–although Truss’s book definitely carries the fun factor! It’s entertaining!)
Okay, so maybe informational, humorous, and well-written are better words for Eats, Shoots, and Leaves–it is supposed to be a grammar book–but still, I keep coming back to “cute.” It’s just little, and red, and large print, and filled with the funniest anecdotes. Truss either had a lot of children, too many monkeys in her life, or just a really overdeveloped sense of humor. Either way, I don’t mind–it is highly entertaining.
For instance, she begins her book with the seventh sense. Whoever has heard of the seventh sense? Dogs supposedly have a sixth sense, but the seventh sense is reserved strictly for humans–the type of human who cringes every time they pass a college dorm sign wrongly spelled, an advertisement with a misplaced comma, or a publication incorrectly edited.
That is about all I have to say about the introduction, but I do highly recommend it. It’s an easy read and well worth any writer’s time, either for instruction or pure entertainment