The part of the book worth most should be the rules, which mostly, I think, are the practical methods of concise composition. This is a good start or reference but not necessary to follow strictly. For instance, the author persuaded readers to use active voice which is more vigorous, but he did not mentioned which cases are necessary to use passive voice (maybe he think this is common sense)....Continua
A must-read little book on writing. Precise is the main rule. In addition, I re-learn much of the forgotten rules in English. It is worth the effort to re-read this book regularly.
To read my review in my Spanish blog, click the following link: http://lunairereadings.blogspot.com/2012/03/elements-of-style-william-strunk-e-b.html
This book is a little jewel. It is so famous and has been talked about for too long, that I feel like anything I say will be foolish, so I will only say this: it is true. This book is a masterpiece and it is surprising how a little text manual would become such a treasure. I felt privileged to read it and to keep it in my shelf.
I know giving this classic's classic mere four stars is almost blasphemy, but I do have reservations about its timeliness. Much of it was written more than half a century ago, and even this updated edition dates back to 1979. It is probably no longer the most informative or insightful book on writing style. However, I still enjoy reading it - not for its usefulness, but for the author's delightful prose....Continua