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PostSubject: Reviews and Reviewers   Sat 21 Feb 2015, 18:10

'Tis said that much of the nature of a reviewer is revealed in a review - and thus it seems when Big Brother has a go at Wolf Hall. So folks, let's have a flow of revelation about interesting reviews on assorted arts. There have been, I think some blunders in the past.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews and Reviewers   Sun 22 Feb 2015, 11:03

How a human being could have attempted such a book as the present without committing suicide before he had finished a dozen chapters, is a mystery. It is a compound of vulgar depravity and unnatural horrors.

It was a bit actually, but it sold well - eventually. Any offers as to the title of "such a book"?
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews and Reviewers   Sun 22 Feb 2015, 11:08

The Bible?
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews and Reviewers   Sun 22 Feb 2015, 11:19

A creditable guess, nordmann, but no.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews and Reviewers   Sun 22 Feb 2015, 19:43

Withering Slights?
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews and Reviewers   Sun 22 Feb 2015, 20:24

Lady C?
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews and Reviewers   Sun 22 Feb 2015, 21:02

Ferval gets the gold star.


Publication: Graham’s Lady’s Magazine (USA)
Date: July 1848
Reviewer: Anonymous
Title: Wuthering Heights

How a human being could have attempted such a book as the present without committing suicide before he had finished a dozen chapters, is a mystery. It is a compound of vulgar depravity and unnatural horrors….
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews and Reviewers   Mon 23 Feb 2015, 07:49

The novel "Gather Ye Rosebuds" by Jeannette C. Nolan received pretty bad reviews but still sold enough copies to convince Paramount to make it into a movie in 1948. The resulting epic, billed as "Gone With The Wind" meets "Little Women" was entitled "Isn't It Romantic?".

Film critic Leonard Matlin's review has gone down in history as the shortest ever in print (Leonard Matlin's Movie Guide, published 2005). The entire article was one word - "No".
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews and Reviewers   Mon 23 Feb 2015, 22:10

On A A Milne - but who?

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The House at Pooh Corner proved to be one pot of honey too many, especially when Pooh revealed that he added the "tiddely pom" to his Outdoor Song "to make it more hummy": "And it is that word 'hummy,' my darlings, that marks the first place in The House at Pooh Corner at which Tonstant Weader fwowed up."
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews and Reviewers   Wed 25 Feb 2015, 12:23

That's Dorothy Parker.
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews and Reviewers   Wed 25 Feb 2015, 13:29

George MacDonald Fraser's first Flashman was so well researched that some reviewers thought it was the real thing.  



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Fraser was so skilled as a mock memoirist that he had some early readers fooled. Writing in The New
York Times in 1969 after the first novel was published, Alden Whitman said:

"So far, 'Flashman' has had 34 reviews in the United States. Ten of these found the book to be genuine autobiography."
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PostSubject: Re: Reviews and Reviewers   Wed 25 Feb 2015, 13:36

Jennifer O'Brien's review of Pippa Middleton's 2012 epic "Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends", which was ostensibly about how to plan parties, was brief and to the point. The first sentence in Middleton's book pays homage to her own bottom, so O'Brien's article began ...

"Ah yes, that famous arse appears in the opening line — and the rest of the book seems to consist of Pippa talking out of it."
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