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Monday, December 04, 2006

Reviewers Skewered

"Most criticism is an exercise in vanity, a bid to showcase the critic's mastery of language than any real desire to taketh from the plot what the plot can giveth. The three things he will not do are: evaluate author's work vis-a-vis previous writings, describe context, genre or milieu, admit to drunken hangover while writing of review."

- From Shinie Antony's broadside on the state of reviewing in India. Some of her points are valid, but the ranting tone is quite unnecessary. And "taketh from the plot what the plot can giveth"? Please.

(Link courtesy The Literary Saloon.)

2 Comments:

  • And who is Shinie Anthony?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:16 AM  

  • Shinie Anthony has written two books of short stories and a novel. The one i read Barefoot and Pregnant.. was pretty good

    By Blogger avdi, at 5:01 PM  

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