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Michiko Kakutani’s Burn Book

Perhaps the most feared woman in the world of literature, revered NY Times’ book critic Michiko Kakutani has announced that she is stepping down after nearly four decades making and breaking some of the biggest names in the business.

 

We’ve got our hands on her Burn Book, containing some of her harshest criticisms of authors and their books from throughout her career…

 

Michiko Kakutani

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Jonathan Franzen 

 

“”The Discomfort Zone” [is] an odious self-portrait of the artist as a young jackass: petulant, pompous, obsessive, selfish and overwhelmingly self-absorbed.”

 

Kazuo Ishiguro

 

“Nocturnes” [is] psychologically obtuse, clumsily plotted and implausibly contrived.”

 

Zadie Smith

 

“The people in this book [“NW”] are more stereotypes than individuals, more ham-handed cartoons than emotionally detailed human beings. Its narrative feels at once perfunctory, jerry-built and weirdly contrived.”

 

Jonathan Safran Foer 

 

“‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ [is] contrived and improvisatory, schematic and haphazard.”

 

Martin Amis

 

“The Second Plane” is such a weak, risible and often objectionable volume that the reader finishes it convinced that Mr. Amis should stick to writing fiction and literary criticism, as he’s thoroughly discredited himself with these essays as any sort of political or social commentator.

 

Jonathan Lethem 

 

“”Chronic City” [is] nothing but a lot of pompous hot air.

 

John Irving 

 

“A tedious, self-indulgent and cruelly eye-glazing read… feels as though it had been written on automatic pilot.”

 

Philip Roth

 

“The Dying Animal” [is]…curiously flimsy and synthetic. Its characters are collections of generic traits, their fates clumsily stage-managed by the author to underscore philosophic points he has made many times before…”

 

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