A very short book, perhaps too short, but concise and far from overly elaborate.
I think I can call Fish a kind of neo-sophist: its language and argument as far as humans will ever know: "language is not a handmaiden to perception; it is perception; it gives shape to what would otherwise be inert and dead."(p.42).
He provides and extraordinary quotation on page 117 from Taylor's "Holy Dying".
No notes, no bibliography, no further reading guide.
Of some value, in that it's not a grammar book, but it points to a style and method of developing subordinating and additive sentences. Worth a single read.
Was recommended via a blog - so-so.
Usefull discussion about subordinate and additive style, design of first and last sentences, and anaylsis of some great examples. Towards the end the analysis got more complex and seemed to stretch too much to support whatever point he was making - like those art gallery descriptions of an abstract work that seem to be just a little too pretentious.
But - a good read, just won't buy to add to my shelf.
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