Selections from One-Star Reviews of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

[Ed. note: The following citations come from one-star Amazon reviews of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. While I think that Gatsby is probably the most overrated book in the American canon, I do think it’s an important book (overrated  ≠ bad). I’ve read it many, many times and used it in the classroom. Some of the… Continue reading Selections from One-Star Reviews of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Bram Stoker’s Dracula

[Editorial note: The following citations come from one-star Amazon reviews of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. I’ve preserved the reviewers’ original punctuation and spelling. More one-star Amazon reviews].   Crapula hack author Painfully verbose he lives in a castle! hard to understand NOTHING is happening find an abridged version I have read many horror novels may be the worst book… Continue reading Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale

[Editorial note: The following citations come from one-star Amazon reviews of Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale. (For the record, I think The Handmaid’s Tale is pretty great).  I’ve preserved the reviewers’ original punctuation and spelling. More one-star Amazon reviews].   shrill Strange no hope anti male story boring and odd Feminist dogma anti-religious zeal poorly researched futuristic… Continue reading Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale

Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Don DeLillo’s White Noise

[Editorial note: The following citations come from one-star Amazon reviews of Don DeLillo’s novel White Noise. I’ve preserved the reviewers’ original punctuation and spelling. More one-star Amazon reviews]. quips UGH rubbish chubby wife Verble sparing Love the cover nothing happens frequently witless watching paint dry orgasmic experiences Barak Hussein Obama supremely unamusing my daughter hated this rampant commercialism… Continue reading Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Don DeLillo’s White Noise

Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury

[Editorial note: The following citations come from one-star Amazon reviews William Faulkner’s novel The Sound and the Fury. I’ve preserved the reviewers’ original punctuation and spelling. I reviewed the book (favorably) on this blog seven years ago.  More one-star Amazon reviews]. unreadable the biggest muddle a bad ear for dialog This is a strange book so-called literary experts… Continue reading Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury

Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend

[Editorial note: The following citations come from one-star Amazon reviews Elena Ferrante’s novel My Brilliant Friend. I’ve preserved the reviewers’ original punctuation and spelling. I love Ferrante’s novel, by the way. More one-star Amazon reviews].   ugh Odd book too wordy so violent so bummed Depressing It’s a series stupid critics Maybe terrific I was so board Did outline… Continue reading Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend

Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness

Editorial note: The following citations come from one-star Amazon reviews Ursula K. Le Guin’s novel The Left Hand of Darkness. I’ve preserved the reviewers’ original punctuation and spelling. I love Le Guin’s novel, by the way, and wrote about it here.  More one-star Amazon reviews].   I burned this book I don’t have a college education I started… Continue reading Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness

Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest

[Ed. note: I usually don’t preface these one-star Amazon selection riffs with much, other than to note the occasion for the post. In this case, the occasion is my coming to the end of a second reading of Pynchon’s novel Gravity’s Rainbow, a novel that is very much about the military-industrial-entertainment complex. And so well anyway, I keep… Continue reading Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest

Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway

[Editorial note: The following citations come from one-star Amazon reviews Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway. I’ve preserved the reviewers’ original punctuation and spelling. More one-star Amazon reviews.]. I had been warned about Woolf written, I believe, to impress rather than to relate. I don’t appreciate her writing and keep coming back for more I may not be giving… Continue reading Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway

Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian

[Editorial note: The following citations come from one-star Amazon reviews Cormac McCarthy’s novel Blood Meridian. I’ve preserved the reviewers’ original punctuation and spelling. More one-star Amazon reviews.]. It may be art. Damn McCarthy. I find him boring. unrelenting nihilism The story is thin at best. Are we supposed to enjoy it? I felt abused by Blood Meridian not a… Continue reading Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian

Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit

[Editorial note: The following citations come from one-star Amazon reviews J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit (a book I’ve always loved). I’ve preserved the reviewers’ original punctuation and spelling. More one-star Amazon reviews.]. Dwarves. The Hobbit stinks. It is just so boreing. “DEATH TO HOBBITS!” This is such a horrible book. Gandalf the wizard is a bogus Swoar, lil’… Continue reading Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit

Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest

[Ed. note: I usually don’t preface these one-star Amazon selection riffs with much, other than to note the occasion for the post. In this case, the occasion is my coming to the end of a second reading of Pynchon’s novel Gravity’s Rainbow, a novel that is very much about the military-industrial-entertainment complex. And so well anyway, I keep… Continue reading Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest

Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666

[Editorial note: Today is Roberto Bolaño’s birthday–he would’ve turned 62. The following citations come from one-star Amazon reviews of his masterpiece 2666. To be clear, I am a huge fan of 2666—I’ve written about it extensively on this site. But I never posted a review on Amazon. More one-star Amazon reviews.]. *** Awful. Boring! Nothing. No Point. No Story. No… Continue reading Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666

Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Flannery O’Connor’s Short Story Collections and Novels

[Editorial note: The following citations come from one-star Amazon reviews of various Flannery O’Connor short story collections and novels. To be clear, I’m a big O’Connor fan. I’ve preserved the reviewers’ own styles of punctuation and spelling. More one-star Amazon reviews.]. I wanted to burn it. I like happy endings. 100 per cent not for me. I… Continue reading Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Flannery O’Connor’s Short Story Collections and Novels

Selections from Five-Star Amazon Reviews of E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey

[Editorial note: E.L. James’s novel Fifty Shades of Grey has 13,439 five-star Amazon reviews. James Joyce’s novel Ulysses has 643 reviews on Amazon (that’s total reviews). See also. Below are some selections from five-star reviews of Fifty Shades of Grey]. I was infected with this book I have read more sex phrases in other books. I didn’t really even read… Continue reading Selections from Five-Star Amazon Reviews of E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey

Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

[Ed. note: The following citations come from one-star Amazon reviews of Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. (See also: Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow, George Orwell’s 1984, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, James Joyce’s Ulysses and David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress). I’ve preserved the reviewers’ own styles of punctuation and spelling]. the prejudice part was good A classic american piece of caca… Continue reading Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon

[Ed. note: The following citations come from one-star Amazon reviews of Thomas Pynchon’s novel Mason & Dixon—which I loved. (See also: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow, George Orwell’s 1984, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, James Joyce’s Ulysses and David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress). I’ve preserved the reviewers’ own styles of punctuation and spelling]. What crap. A talking dog? I made a mistake. Dialogue that is meaningless? But… Continue reading Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon