Book Reviews Versus Critiques

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Since sites like Amazon gave the general public the opportunity to review any book they have read, what many still fail to understand, or indeed appreciate, is the difference between writing a review and what amounts to a critique.

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Here is a typical example of a professional newspaper review:

The Secret History of the Blitz by Joshua Levine, review: ‘tunnels behind clichés’.

Next is an example of a critique by an individual who quite simply failed to appreciate the book they read:

A second weakness in Frankl’s writing is in the assumptions he sometimes makes to prove his point. He makes overarching generalizations several times in his book, making statements that, although may have been true for himself and those around him, might not have been true for every prisoner in every concentration camp during the Holocaust. For example, in one instance, he says, “The prisoner of Auschwitz …

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4 thoughts on “Book Reviews Versus Critiques

    roweeee said:
    August 21, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    I’m not too sure about the technical distinction between a review and a critique but I would expect both to be honest. I probably wouldn’t write anything about a book I didn’t like but I would tell my friends not to bother with it. That book would be off to the op shop, rather than kept her of passed onto a friend.
    Social media is a bit of a game changer. Anyone can jump on Facebook and give their opinion and it can circulate. My grandmother was a concert pianist and she had an unfavourable reviews printed in the paper but they were by bone fide music critics, not Joe Blow. Cafes, restaurants, authors, the reviews are out there and it is a bit daunting.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      August 21, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      When I’m buying books I tend to avoid the long-winded critiques because you just know that they’re going to have spoilers. Facebook is actually not my fave place to be – seems like there’s always someone just itching for a fight. I remember a couple of years ago some guy totally rewrote my short story Fly Birdie, and then had the gall to send it to me – just as well I have a large funny bone. 😀

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    Jack Eason said:
    August 21, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Thanks or the reblog sweety >3

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    Suzanne Joshi said:
    August 26, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Thanks, Jack and Jo, for sharing this information.🙂

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