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52 People (Hundreds of Grammar Errors)
on June 26, 2012
This could have been a good book. It has a strong premise: talk to 52 strangers, ask them probing questions about life, and then use their answers to explore the meaning of human connections. The interview subjects are interesting and diverse, ranging from a recovering alcoholic to an Elvis impersonator and a homeless person.
Unfortunately, the author does not know enough about writing or language to carry the story to completion. Rather than editing the interviews, the writer includes every verbal tick or grammatical error. As a result, the interview subjects sound inarticulate and sometimes foolish.
The book is also overloaded with grammar and spelling mistakes. Every book is likely to have at least a few errors, even after careful editing. However, this book has a glaring mistake on every other page. When a book is littered with basic errors, such as misuse of you're/your and to/too, I ask myself why I should spend my time reading something that the author wasn't prepared to spend his time writing.