The Grammarians

The Grammarians

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""The Grammarians" are Laurel and Daphne Wolfe, identical, inseparable redheaded twins who share an obsession with words. They speak a secret “twin” tongue of their own as toddlers; as adults making their way in 1980s Manhattan, their verbal infatuation continues, but this love, which has always bound them together, begins instead to push them apart. Daphne, copy editor and grammar columnist, devotes herself to preserving the dignity and elegance of Standard English. Laurel, who gives up teaching kindergarten to write poetry, is drawn, instead, to the polymorphous, chameleon nature of the written and spoken word. Their fraying twin-ship finally shreds completely when the sisters go to war, absurdly but passionately, over custody of their most prized family heirloom: Merriam Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition."-- Provided by
Publisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374280116
Branch Call Number: FICTION SCHIN...C
Characteristics: 258 pages ; 22 cm


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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."

Dec 21, 2019

Clever, creative, cute.

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.

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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Feb 03, 2020

Shine bright like a diamond!


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