The Elements of Eloquence: Secrets of the Perfect Turn of Phrase - Don Hagen, Mark Forsyth

Attention all you literary scholars and writers. This book is for you.

 

Who ever knew that there is a rhetorical term for Yoda-speak!?

 

I am loving every minute of this book. In fact, I'm about to order a hard copy. Forsyth goes through and term by term explains and illustrates the rhetorical techniques (alliteration, assonance-- and a whole bunch more terms I can't remember or even spell without having seen them in writing) that are used in writing and speaking --things we do that we don't even know that we are doing. Forsyth is well-read and he quotes from Shakespeare and Byron as well as American presidents, British PMs Beatles songs and Elvis Presley lyrics, just to name a few. This is the dullest of topics brought to life.

 

The only downside of this recording is that the author is British and the narrator is American--and he doesn't know how to pronounce "arse."

 

Four and half stars