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    Presentation is the master of pedagogy, and Landon’s presentation of cumulative syntax is highly engaging and entertaining. It is filled with relevant and insightful anecdotes, explanations, and examples of cumulative syntax, examples drawn from great authors, academics, and even politicians. I felt as if I was in an undergraduate classroom with a superbly skilled professor and orator, and in a way I was. Building Great Sentences is an edited down version of a course (containing 8 extra lectures) created for The Great Courses, a website which sells downloadable university lecture series. It’s difficult for me to listen with clean ears, having been polluted by decades of education. However, Landon’s coursey-booky hybrid, though being dense at times, makes the cumulative structure accessible by providing a plethora of examples and exercises to supplement his fancy grammatical/rhetorical analyses. Moreover and more importantly, Landon clearly connects the grammar of cumulative syntax to the functions it can perform, guiding the reader to an understanding of syntactical tricks which create movement, suspension, regression, balance, rhythm, and rhyme, transforming syntax into a story, and sentence structure into a good time.

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