We came across this interesting article by Jane Sullivan at The Age about the rise-and-rise of (bad) online book reviewers.
Killer reviews, says Sullivan, can come from all quarters in the professional arena, but with the internet has come a whole new breed: ‘Turn to the bad reviews from the public on websites such as Amazon and you discover that online democracy makes the fiercest professional critics look like toothless kittens.’
Sullivan cites a list published in The Morning News online magazine of Amazon reviews of the books on Time magazine’s list of Top 100 Books published since 1923. Apart from the ones that she mentions, how about:
Mrs. Dalloway (1925), Virginia Woolf
“The only good thing to say about this “literary” drivel is that the person responsible, Virginia Woolf, has been dead for quite some time now. Let us pray to God she stays that way.”
Catch-22 (1961), Joseph Heller
“Obviously, a lot people were smoking a lot of weed in the ‘60s to think this thing is worth reading.”
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