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.
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“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)
Von helen Am hilfreichsten 18.04.2018
Pretty good but not perfect
Rhetorical devices are quite intricate, so the audiobook makes it more entertaining, but on the other hand more difficult to remember them all.
As to the reading, I found it agreeable but thought it a bit grinding that German and French expressions were pronounced in an English way.
Von M Am hilfreichsten 22.11.2017
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!