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The World's Most Brutal Book Reviewer

Bow down to the queen of the poison pen

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Michiko Kakutani has written book reviews for the New York Times since 1983

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She has won a Pulitzer Prize, is notoriously reclusive, occasionally writes reviews from the point of view of fictional characters like Holden Caulfield and Elle Woods, and has a fondness for the word "limn".

Fun fact: there are only three different photos of her on Google Images
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Fun fact: there are only three different photos of her on Google Images

Most of all though, she has a reputation as an extremely harsh critic. If she doesn't like a book, she will slaughter it. Mercilessly. Basically she's the book-reviewing equivalent of this guy:

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Nobody can escape her withering gaze, as shown by her incredible take-downs of otherwise acclaimed authors. Here are twelve of her very best (or worst) from the last three decades:

Martin Amis - The Second Plane

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Margaret Atwood - Oryx and Crake

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Jonathan Franzen - The Discomfort Zone

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A. M. Homes - This Book Will Save Your Life

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Nick Hornby - A Long Way Down

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Kazuo Ishiguro - The Buried Giant

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Toni Morrison - Paradise

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J. K. Rowling - The Casual Vacancy

How dare you, THERE IS A LINE MICHIKO
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How dare you, THERE IS A LINE MICHIKO

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Salman Rushdie - The Ground Beneath Her Feet

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John Updike - Seek My Face

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David Foster Wallace - Oblivion

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Michiko Kakutani, we salute you! But also, we pray that if we write a book you never get your hands on it.

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