The Elements of Eloquence

  • von Mark Forsyth
  • Sprecher: Simon Shepherd
  • 5 Std. 42 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style, from the best-selling author of The Etymologicon and The Horologicon. From classic poetry to pop lyrics and from the King James Bible to advertising slogans, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase - such as 'Tiger, Tiger, burning bright', or 'To be or not to be' - memorable.
In his inimitably entertaining and witty style he takes apart famous lines and shows how you, too, can write like Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde. Whether you're aiming for literary immortality or just an unforgettable one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don't need to have anything to say - you simply need to say it well.



“Sparkling ... the book offers many pleasures ... I laughed out loud at the examples chosen” (Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph)
“An informative but highly entertaining journey through the figures of rhetoric ... Mark Forsyth wears his considerable knowledge lightly. He also writes beautifully.” (David Marsh, Guardian)
“It is good news that the popular author of The Etymologicon should now potter round the rhetorical warehouse at our elbow, commenting on the choicer goods on view, for he is well-informed and amusing.” (Christopher Howse, The Spectator)
“The Elements of Eloquence makes a daunting, potentially boring subject exciting ... Forsyth's wickedly clever, irreverent take on rhetoric should cement his reputation as a virtuoso: it is hard to think of any other book that tackles the topic with such style.” (South China Morning Post)


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very good

this book is probably ideal for English literature students with its very detailed overview of so many figures of speech, with great examples from literature, history, films. --- an all-round excursion into English speaking eloquence. also, loved the narrator - great audio-acting!
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- M


Halten Sie die Hörbuch-Ausgabe von The Elements of Eloquence für besser als das Buch?

Both have its pros and cons.

Hat Ihnen Simon Shepherd an der Geschichte etwas vermittelt, was Sie vielleicht beim Selberlesen gar nicht bemerkt hätten?

He has a clean pronunciation that helps to improve the English skills of learners.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

This is an excellent book that simply explains what makes great English literature so great - not with regard to the story as such, but what makes language beautiful, elegant and a pleasure to listen to. If you are interested in uncovering these secrets (which are even transferrable to several other languages), this book is for you. A good sense of humor and style makes it an entertaining read as well.

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Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 28.04.2014
  • Verlag: Audible Studios