Two Outstanding American Novelists Are Attacked On Amazon!!!

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John Griffith (Jack“) London (born John Griffith Chaney, January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the then burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone.

Some of his most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories like To Build A Fire, An Odyssey of the North and Love of Life. He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as The Pearls of Parlay and The Heathen, and of the San Francisco Bay area in The Sea Wolf, the latter being the first book of his that I read.

London was part of the radical literary group The Crowd in San Francisco and a passionate advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers. He wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics, such as his dystopian novel The Iron Heel, his non-fiction exposé The People of The Abyss, and The War of the Classes.

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Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on twentieth century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. Additional works, including three novels, four short story collections, and three non-fiction works, were published posthumously. Many of his works are considered classics of American Literature.

Hemingway was raised in Oak Park, Illinois. After high school, he worked as a reporter for a few months for The Kansas City Star, before leaving for the Italian front to enlist as an ambulance driver in World War One. In 1918, he was seriously wounded and returned home. His wartime experiences formed the basis for his novel A Farewell To Arms in 1929. It was the first of his novels that I read. After he returned from the Spanish Civil War he wrote the second of his novels to be read by me, For Whom The Bell Tolls in 1940.

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London and Hemingway are two of my literary heroes. Just occasionally a country produces writers worth reading like them, and yet these days even dead novelists of their calibre get attacked:

One Star, March 29, 2016
This review is for The Sea Wolf: The Star Rover (Illustrated) (Kindle Edition)
Totally rediculous book. Read half of it and could not tolerate finishing.
Just too boring to stand., June 10, 2016
This review is from: For Whom the Bell Tolls (Paperback)

I imagine that the reputation of this book as a classic has others afraid to admit that it is truly terrible.

The book has a few, fleeting moments of absolute genius (El Sordo’s fight, Pablo’s first uprising, etc.), but overall the book is horribly boring and completely unrealistic, at least to any American who has perhaps never experienced early 20th century Spanish culture.

This entire book is basically a love story between main character, Robert Jordan, and Maria, set against the Spanish Civil War. What makes this so unrealistic is that the book takes place entirely over only three days, and at the beginning of the book Jordan and Maria have not yet met. So, in the course of just THREE DAYS, we are expected to believe that they go from complete strangers to in love in a way that defies comprehension. Not only is this unrealistic, but it is also SO BORING. There are literally entire chapters of just Robert Jordan and Maria telling each other how much they love each other.

This book is described as a war novel, but its only a war novel in the sense that it takes place during the war. There is very little actual war that happens in this book.

Basically, the book is boring. It was a struggle to get through, and I only finished it because my OCD forces me to finish books I have started. But I hated it.

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Were they both still alive, I have no doubt that London and Hemingway would be suing Amazon’s boss Jeff Bezos for allowing so-called reviews like the above examples to appear, from individuals who quite clearly have never read anything more complicated than a bodice ripper or a comic!!!
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34 thoughts on “Two Outstanding American Novelists Are Attacked On Amazon!!!

  1. Well, when the students ony “read” or exposed to dribble in school, and get puffed up by social media postings, this is what you get. (US schools rarely read the actual novels or stories – their textbooks offer simplified/editied versions…so they think they can read and have read noted titles, but….)

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  2. Not sure Amazon could care about the reviews. They’re only concerned if indies get good reviews by someone who knew someone who knew someone, then those reviews are banished. And there’s your prime example, Hemingway and London’s skanky reviews remain posted, so indeed even all stupid reviews shall remain.

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  3. A.Dude????
    Anyway, I specifically hunted down For Whom The Bell Tolls, primarily because living in Spain I like to read classics set here (eg Laurie Lee’s As I Walked Out). I thought it was good. Thoughtful, poignant and emotive enough that I seem to remember crying at the end. It was a good book.
    Philosopher Mouse and I endlessly discuss education and/or lack of it and the sad results. Similarly I agree with your dumbing down comment. I had a rant about appalling journalism (yesterday?) which particularly annoys me as a qualified journalist. I dislike seeing my trade deteriorate into soundbites. And as for Americanisation? Do. Not. Start. Me.

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  4. omg, I can`t believe they said that about two of the world`s greatest authors. Take a step away from Pokemon go and EastEnders you morons. soz, rant over. By the way, I stayed in the hotel that Ernest Hemmingway did in Montego Bay in Jamaica. Kept hoping to hear ghostly typewriting but no luck.

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  5. It was a different style of writing then, which with the dumbing down as previously mentioned, possibly doesn’t read too well in modern times. As a teenager I loved L.P Hartley’s books, but now when I read them 40 years later the wording and style of writing is dated compared to latter-day novels.

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  6. (1) Anyone who feels they are being ‘cool’ or ‘individualistic’ by given themselves the name ‘A Dude’ would be the kind of who would find a classic book ‘boring’. It would be enlightening to cross reference their name with other reviews they have produced and see which literature excites them.(?)
    (2) Spelling ‘ridiculous’ as ‘rediculous’ does not lend confidence to the reviewer’s abilities. After all even a luddite such as I can sometimes pay attention to spellcheck.
    (3) And the third review seems firstly to be fixated on the word ‘boring’, then expresses an obvious disappointment that there was not lots of ‘whizz-bang!’ ‘shooty’ ‘Argh! I am dying’!’ episodes. Also they’ve never read much in the way of romance novels.
    The reviews thus all qualify as ‘Not Helpful’.
    Having notched up 425 reviews myself on UK Amazon, I feel qualified to comment.
    And if I had nothing else better to do with my time I would post these comments up under their reviews.
    Hey-ho!

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  7. The dumbing down of our curricula and the pervasiveness of 20 word social media communications has led to the creation of a generation of functional illiterates with overweening egos who wouldn’t know good literature if it hit them in the face!

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