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Oops! Famously Scathing Reviews of Classic Books From The Times’s Archive

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    chas Link
    The "oops!" rubs me the wrong way. As if to say "that book is in the canon now, so your opinion is wrong."

    The "oops!" rubs me the wrong way. As if to say "that book is in the canon now, so your opinion is wrong."

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    1. Akir Link Parent
      I know right? I know many people feel the same way about these very same books today.

      I know right? I know many people feel the same way about these very same books today.

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      Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
      To me, "Oops!" reads as humorous self-deprecation. This listicle is just The Times having a bit of fun at their own expense: "We made some silly mistakes in reviewing these books that went on to...

      To me, "Oops!" reads as humorous self-deprecation. This listicle is just The Times having a bit of fun at their own expense: "We made some silly mistakes in reviewing these books that went on to become classics, and now we're presenting those silly mistakes for your amusement. Enjoy!"

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        vakieh Link Parent
        Why are they mistakes? Just because it's a 'classic' doesn't mean it can't be garbage.

        Why are they mistakes? Just because it's a 'classic' doesn't mean it can't be garbage.

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        1. Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
          Maybe "mistakes" was the wrong word. "Misjudgements"? Or maybe it's as simple as "These reviews are different to the mainstream opinion. Don't they look funny?"

          Maybe "mistakes" was the wrong word. "Misjudgements"? Or maybe it's as simple as "These reviews are different to the mainstream opinion. Don't they look funny?"

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