Wretched Writing

Wretched Writing

A Compendium of Crimes Against the English Language

Book - 2013
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"Wretched writing is the lowest of the low; it is a felonious assault on the English language. Exuberantly excessive, it is a sin committed often by amateurs and all-too-frequently by gifted writers having an off day. In short, it's very bad writing. Truly bad. Appallingly bad. It's also very funny. A celebration of the worst writing imaginable, Wretched Writing includes inadvertently filthy book titles, ridiculously overwrought passages from novels, bombastic and confusing speeches, moronic oxymorons, hyperactive hyperbole, horribly inappropriate imagery in ostensibly hot sex scenes, mangled cliche muddled metaphors, and unintended double entendres. Sit back and enjoy these deliciously dreadful samples, and try not to cringe too much"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Perigee, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399159244
Branch Call Number: 808.020207 PETRAS
Characteristics: ix, 214 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Petras, Ross


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h2co3 Oct 31, 2015

Some examples are coarse, some hilarious, some coarse and hilarious. In the tradition of Pronzini's "Gun in Cheek" series. Ignore the editors' comments.

ksoles May 11, 2014

In "Wretched Writing," the brother and sister team of Petrases present a collection of truly abominable passages taken from a variety of sources and published between the 19th century and the present. The authors arrange the book by literary crime (excessive colourful language, confusing metaphors etc) and provide plenty of examples of each along with their own commentary. They offer a litany of pathetic sex scenes, awful titles and even embarrassing attempts at dialect. Successful authors like Danielle Steel and Michael Crichton emerge among the offenders so at least readers gain assurance that even the famous make mistakes.

Unfortunately, the Petrases butcher a fabulous opportunity here. Only about half the book comprises extracts from published writings, which, alone, provide mediocre amusement. The other half of the text constitutes the authors' own wretched writing: tedious, puerile and tiresome musings on what makes their examples cringe-worthy. Ultimately good for a few chuckles but severely lacking insight and intelligence.


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