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Old 09-06-2008, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Arlington Virginia
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In Washington DC we still are blessed with book reviews (an endangered species) in the daily paper. And also the occasional special review by Jonathan Yardley who contributes the Second Reading column where he revisits an older volume. I enjoy being reminded of an older book which is brought to life again by Mr. Yardley's discussion. For example, The Great Gatsby, The Count Of Monte Cristo and Treasure Island. Today, he reviews a classic we are all familiar with, but would not normally be the object of a review. And he does it with his lively and enjoyable prose. I though CD readers might enjoy this piece as well...

A 'Little Book' Bursting With The Write Ideas
An occasional series in which The Post's book critic reconsiders notable and/or neglected books from the past.

By Jonathan Yardley
Saturday, September 6, 2008; Page C01

"One of the never-ending frustrations of my otherwise enjoyable half-century newspaper career has been what newspapers call "style." Newspapers have many good qualities, but "style" most certainly is not among them ..."

washingtonpost.com - A 'Little Book' Bursting With The Write Ideas
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Old 09-07-2008, 03:58 AM
 
Location: in the southwest
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I still have my Elements of Style--and lent it out to older son when he went off to college. Maybe younger son will end up borrowing it as well.
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Old 09-07-2008, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Arlington Virginia
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I will spend some time today looking for mine. It's in one of the several ten's of boxes of books I need to get on shelves. My copy is from Catholic high school. It should be in the same box with Caesar's The Conquest of Gaul (in Latin) "Gallia est omnis divisa in partres tres..."
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