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Readers will end each section renewed with an eager-to-try-it spirit. The Hoffmans are insane. I ordered it for all my freshman courses. Adios provides practical yet highly creative advice and counsel. Adios has made me not only a better writer, but a better reader. Learn style for business, academic, scientific, and creative writing through concepts that appeal to our rhythmic, spatial, and playful sensibilities.

Expand writing beyond the five-paragraph, academic word-box. Develop a distinct voice required by major university application forms and journal editors.

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Merge style with critical thinking, logic, and research. Everything is explained with verve. The Hoffman’s practice what they preach.

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I’ve taught writing for 12 years, and this is one of the best books I’ve come across in that time. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars whiye nothing to do with the authors A book adiox writing should be especially well-checked for typos and layout errors, but this one has more than its fair share.

Still, this is a good book, and I look forward to using it in my teaching. A book that aims to teach good writing, yet is itself often impenetrable, unstructured, and most damning of all, deathly boring. The authors would benefit from an open-minded re-read of Strunk’s little book. For the record, I’ve been a voracious reader for 35 years, inhaling anything from trashy to highbrow, prose to technical writing. Nothing this book advised resonated with me, nor seemed to provide a path that could result in anything like the literature I admire.


I am taking a class strunj non-fiction writing, and I found this book easy to read, with good explanations and helpful hints on ways to write for all genres. I know I will use it over and over as a reference. One person found this helpful. Perfect Paperback Verified Purchase. The book whitr a unique, instructive view towards writing mechanics. Instead of cramming technical terms down your throat and expecting you to remember all of them, they use creative analogies and imagery to teach professional writing techniques.

I give it three stars for strhnk condition of the product and its unique style, strnuk some of the techniques they use are what many who went to grade school before would label as run-on sentences, hence the name Modern English. It will be hard to wrap my head around writing sentences that feel and sound wrong but you don’t get a choice in the curriculum of college courses.

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Better stick to Strunk and White. Just a guy from France in the corner. Gimme Strunk and White! This book is not awful. But it is not a replacement for Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. Elements of Style has many advantages– It’s clear, it’s short and the direction can steer no one wrong.

Adios, by contrast, is a long, dense book, and might do for helping established students or writers, but is simply too large for a beginner to use. With the Elements in place, a writer can go forth and choose his or her own path. The authors of this book seem to be informed by television and video games and the magic of computers and miss the fact that good writing is good writing, no matter what the flavor of the month in popular culture might be.

I have taught writing, and I would no more use this book to teach writing than I would throw typewriters at my students to teach them typing. I had high hopes for this book, expectations that were not met.

If nothing else, this book serves to show that The Elements of Style is still a valuable tool for the modern writer, one that remains useful and the first book of choice to turn to when looking for a beginning guide to writing.


I highly recommend this book for serious writers, readers, and thinkers. The Style section alone is worth the price of admission, since it engages with writing at the sentence level in a way that most teachers will gloss over and most writers won’t articulate to those interested in learning.

There are no “just-make-it-good” or “you’ll-know-when-it-flows-right” intuitive leaps here. Adios is methodical and clear without losing energy or stifling creativity.

Beyond Style, Adios offers some great critical thinking strategies–Cliche Busting comes to mind first, since it breathes life into a powerful refutation strategy, but forces readers and writers alike to move outside of tired maxims too many soft-minds take for granted. Having read both the 5th and 6th strunnk of this book, I can say that the 6th has made some needed leaps forward.

Adios, Strunk and White: A Handbook for the New Academic Essay

The basic layout of most chapters is an explanation of a technique or dhite and strun, a section titled “A Taste of Others” that offers some examples from professional writers and students. The 6th edition’s biggest improvement on this method is the focused inclusion and analysis of professional writers’ examples in the explanations sections of each chapter while still including copious “real world” examples in the “A Taste of Others” sections.

Anyone with a creative flair, a vested interest in writing, or who loves to open up and dissect the inner workings of any discipline would get mileage out of Adios.

This book definitely opened my eyes to all sorts of options when it comes to creating paragraphs. See all 17 reviews. Pages with related products. See and discover other items: There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

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