The Grammarians

The Grammarians

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"Laurel and Daphne Wolfe, identical, inseparable redheaded twins, share an obsession with words. As adults making their way in 1980s Manhattan, their verbal infatuation begins to push them apart. Their fraying twinship finally shreds completely when the sisters go to war over custody of their most prized family heirloom: Merriam Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition."-- Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York, New York : Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780374280116
Characteristics: 258 pages ;,22 cm.

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laphampeak
Feb 02, 2020

Lots of words and wit. It seems less about the intertwining lives of two twin logophiles and more about their world, always evaluated through grammar. Upon reading the letters collected from the Dept. of War..."The misspellings strike her as painfully eloquent, not mistakes at all, but cries of the heart, documentation of upheaval in a family, in a social order."

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Trippplem
Dec 21, 2019

Clever, creative, cute.

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Indoorcamping
Oct 28, 2019

As a non-fiction reader, I am probably not the best judge of fiction. But every once in a while, you hear so much good buzz about an author that you peek into the world of imagination and try to figure out why someone would waste their time there. (I only watch documentary movies, don’t judge me.)

As far as fiction, it was fun. A delight, actually. There are characters, plot and sub-plots, fun adventures with words, and imaginative trails to follow along to get your head out of your own life and into something not quite the same at all.

If reading is how you gain empathy, this book certainly worked when it comes to twin red-heads and kind of well-off fancy New York type people. They have problems just like mine! Well, that’s hilarious. Of course they don’t. But they have problems and issues and family situations and miscommunication and all the fun things we all experience every day. You read to get out of your own and into someone else’s and learn how to deal or how to not deal with those issues. It’s delightful and instructive and informative if done well.

And this is very well done, I have to say.

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erbrown
Oct 08, 2019

I really wanted to like this one, and there's a lot that's clever about it, but Schine's novel doesn't have a strong or interesting enough plot. The characters at first seem interesting, but then the author doesn't do enough with them. So disappointed.

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rya324
Feb 03, 2020

Shine bright like a diamond!

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