Eats, Shoots, & Leaves is the book by Lynne Truss which focuses on the problem of grammar errors that frequently occur in the contemporary English, especially among inexperienced writers. At the same time, the book is not just trying to teach students how to write without grammar errors but, more important, the book aims at changing the attitude of readers to grammar. On completing the book, readers can hardly get rid of impression that they have finally understood why all those commas and semicolons are so important in English.
At the same time, the author does not try to lecture readers. On the contrary she draws numerous vivid examples from the real world as well as from literature and history to show how important grammar is and how grammar errors can change the meaning of phrases, texts and messages. In this regard, the book is important in terms of understanding of the scope the grammar has on the language and the way people share ideas.
On the other hand, the book will be particularly noteworthy for the younger generation, who has almost failed to develop a strong sense of grammar since the internet generation pays little attention to punctuation and grammar at large. As a result, the negligent attitude to grammar leads to errors that Lynne Truss describes in her book. However, the author changes the attitude of readers to grammar and, in this regard, the book is very useful for readers, especially those, who have grammar problems.
Thus, Lynne Truss has created a noteworthy book that uncovers the role of grammar and encourages readers to learn grammar carefully and in details.
Truss, L. Eats, Shoots, & Leaves. New York: Gotham, 2006.