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Miss Manners may understand etiquette and the American society, but writing on a topic that strives to keep our attention alludes her. While reading others on the craft of writing including nonfiction, it is clear that Miss Martin has a great failing, for I felt the need to take three naps while reading this short 70 page work. So full of her philosophy with a brief smattering of the history, the entirety of the work goes round about the issue without ever saying outright what is Common Courtesy. What Miss Martin has come up with, if I can read between the lines, since she only leaves us this mechanism to understand her, is that you say Potato and I say PoTahToe. And that is what America has evolved into and that it may not be alright, but it is. The opening of the book takes great care to say that manners evolve across the globe and that truly they know little of national boundaries, but become instinctive. I can see that thought in reality, but if one is the arbiter of manners, one should be able to define if for us all and then push us towards what that courtesy should be. This book does not. In the end it becomes a waste of my time, especially when nine out of ten words were her hyperbole of thought.
Review: Common Courtesy: In Which Miss Manners Solves the Problem That Baffled Mr. JeffersonUser Review - Goodreads
Miss Manners may understand etiquette and the American society, but writing on a topic that strives to keep our attention alludes her. While reading others on the craft of writing including nonfiction ...
Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior (Freshly Updated)
Limited preview - 2005