Friday, April 16, 2010

An Article and Opinion

Michelle Kern has another great Book Examiner Article:

The 50 best author vs. author put-downs of all time
Part 1
Part 2

Here is a sample:

1. Ernest Hemingway, according to Vladimir Navokov (1972)
As to Hemingway, I read him for the first time in the early 'forties, something about bells, balls and bulls, and loathed it.

2. Miguel Cervantes' Don Quixote, according to Martin Amis (1986)
Reading Don Quixote can be compared to an indefinite visit from your most impossible senior relative, with all his pranks, dirty habits, unstoppable reminiscences, and terrible cronies. When the experience is over, and the old boy checks out at last (on page 846 -- the prose wedged tight, with no breaks for dialogue), you will shed tears all right; not tears of relief or regret but tears of pride. You made it, despite all that 'Don Quixote' could do.

Jackie of Farmlane Books had an interesting discussion this week about the difference between bloggers from the USA and UK.

UK v US Book Bloggers
Comments are closed now and some people were offended, but I thought Jackie had a few valid points even though it was all a bit too generalized.

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