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Missing punctuation and other English crimes

May 28, 2013 | Real life

Frankly, I’m shocked that I’m moved to post about grammar. My long-suffering editors would be happy to tell you I’m not a grammar queen. Reading a real grammer girl here makes my head hurt.

Amazon featured Benediction as a recommended read. Like any rabid reader I clicked through the-look-inside feature.

The author may be brilliant (I didn’t read enough to form an opinion), but he’s missing the usual dialogue quotes. The lack of punctuation doesn’t improve the clarity of his prose quite the opposite. Not quite as bad as James Joyce, who eschewed all punctuation, but heading in the same impossibly-muddled direction.

I scanned through the reviews for this literary masterpiece and found only one reader who was bothered by the lack of quote marks.

Am I becoming a grammar queen? :shocked:

Posted by Evanne @ 4:00 am  

2 Responses to “Missing punctuation and other English crimes”

  1. Allie Ritch Says:

    When the formatting itself (font, punctuation, grammar, etc.) interferes with a reader’s immersion in a story, then there’s a problem. Period. :-)

  2. Evanne Says:

    You’re such a nice reasonable person, Allie! Thanks for stopping. :heart:

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