It’s clever, this book. It’s also a good book. It’s clever, chatty, witty, funny, succinct, and unpretentious. It sets out to give names to all the rhetoric we never learned in schools. This book is a study of expression and human history and by proxy an unassuming study of how our brains’ work. Read it. Read the damn book. If you don’t you will never truly know what it is to be happy. Go on, what do you have to lose?
“The period is one of the most complicated and concepts of classical rhetoric. Nobody in the ancient world could quite decide what it meant, but they were united in the belief that it was terribly, terribly important.” ― Mark Forsyth, The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase