Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Anna Karenina Pure Rubbish???

That's shocking, isn't it? Wait till you read the rest:

In a tale as old as time, here is a short list of classic books and other literary works that were originally attacked by critics and subsequently given bad reviews.

* A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakeaspeare - performed in London in 1662.
"The most stupid ridiculous play that I ever saw in my life."
- Samuel Pepys, Diary.

* Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift - 1726.
"..evidence of a diseased mind and a lacerated heart."
- John Dunlop, 'The History of Fiction', 1814.

* Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert - 1857.
"Monsieur Flaubert is not a writer."
- Le Figaro.

* Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy - 1877.
"Sentimental Rubbish"
- The Odessa Courier.

* The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald - 1925.
"What has never been alive cannot very well go on living. So this is a book of the season only."
- New York Herald Tribune.

* Catch-22 - Joseph Heller - 1961.
"Heller wallows in his own laughter... and the sort of antic behaviour the children fall into when they know they are losing our attention."
- Whitey Balliett, New Yorker.

So, whatever you do, don't be disheartened if you receive harsh comments. Everyone has their own opinion, and everyone is different :) Learn to take it on the chin and move on!

Got it from here: Fun Facts & Trivia: Books
Image from: MPL

2 comments:

Xweing said...

I can't finish reading Anna Karenina! Only got to Chapter 3...~

A Bookaholic said...

Yea I can understand that...I guess it really depends on who reads it...I flipped through the pages b4 buying it, and knew it wasn't my cup of tea...I did like Gulliver's Travel though...read it long time ago...Hmmm maybe I should read it again hehe

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