The Literary Middle Finger: Coelho V. Joyce
Via The Guardian:
There's nothing like dissing famous pieces of literature to instigate some critical discussion. And recently, Paulo Coelho shared his feelings on a classic.
The author, famous for The Alchemist (which has sold over 65 million copies), told a Brazilian newspaper that Joyce's seminal work was harmful to literature. After justifying his own popularity, he threw down the gauntlet: "One of the books that caused great harm was James Joyce's Ulysses, which is pure style. There is nothing there. Stripped down, Ulysses is a twit."
Sadly, Joyce has been dead for over 70 years, so we shouldn't expect a scathing reply anytime soon—but several notable authors have been coming to Joyce's aid, defending the classic book and calling Coelho dumb, and stating that his opinion of Joyce insults readers. While this could seem like Coelho being an ass, I'd like to think that this might motivate the general public to read Ulysses and come to their own conclusions.
What do you all think?
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