Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Adverb Abuse

The Morning News has compiled an amusing assortment of amazon.com one-star reviews of classic books. Among my favorites:

Gravity's Rainbow: “When one contrasts Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five with this book, it’s like comparing an Olympic sprinter with an obese man running for the bus with a hot dog in one hand and a soda in the other.”

The Great Gatsby: “It grieves me deeply that we Americans should take as our classic a book that is no more than a lengthy description of the doings of fops.”

The Sound and The Fury: “This book is like an ungrateful girlfriend. You do your best to understand her and get nothing back in return.”

and finally, The Lord of The Rings: “The book is not readable because of the overuse of adverbs.” Amen to that, I say verily.

1 Comments:

Blogger Jeff said...

What a great idea! Kudos to the Morning News for following up the Gary Benchley letters with this. The one about "The Sun Also Rises" is hilarious.

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