Rotten Reviews: Thomas Mann and Buddenbrooks

[It’s worth mentioning here, I think, that Thomas Mann was the Nobel Laureate in Literature for 1929. These Rotten Reviews refer, as above, to Buddenbrooks, published in 1901]

“Very few Americans will take the trouble to read this book ot the end. It contains no climaxes, no vivid surprise…. Interesting as the story may be it is too loosely constructed, and for many readers that will prove a barrier.”

Boston Evening Transcript, 1921

“Nothing but two thick tomes in which the author describes the worthless story of worthless people in worthless chatter.”

Edward Engel, in The Art of Folly 1961

Excerpted from: Bernard, Andre, and Bill Henderson, eds. Pushcart’s Complete Rotten Reviews and Rejections. Wainscott, NY: Pushcart Press, 1998.

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