100 Greatest Books

OK, you saw Time Magazine’s 100 top books, yes? But did you see the reviews?

On The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe:

I bought these books to have something nice to read to my grandkids. I had to stop, however, because the books are nothing more than advertisements for “Turkish Delight,” a candy popular in the U.K. The whole point of buying books for my grandkids was to give them a break from advertising, and here (throughout) are ads for this “Turkish Delight”! How much money is this Mr. Lewis getting from the Cadbury’s chocolate company anyway? This man must be laughing to the bank.

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9 Responses to 100 Greatest Books

  1. Brett says:

    I think there should be an immediate investigation into the financial affairs of this Lewis person, whoever he is!

  2. sepoy says:

    “J.D. Salinger went into hiding because he was embarrassed.”

  3. And yet, the Salinger review and the Hemingway review were strangely compelling …

  4. Sharon says:

    (I don’t know if I should point out that, while real Turkish Delight (especially pistachio flavour) is heavenly, Cadbury’s so-called Turkish Delight is vile.)

    Anyway. The joy of the reviews (and Amazon reviews more generally) is that while they’re frequently hilarious, they really are often totally compelling – right on the money, but in ways that just have nothing whatsoever to do with literary criticism or reviewing. Different priorities, different language, different universe.

  5. Rebecca says:

    But Cadbury Dairy milk bars are heavenly! (I used to like buying them for 40p in Tube stations…)

  6. sepoy says:

    Cadbury’s Fruits & Nuts. Oh, yeah.

  7. The ones with honeycomb-y stuff. Even though they’re disgusting milk.

  8. Sharon says:

    Cadbury’s *chocolate* is OK: Dairy Milk, Fruit & Nut, plain, etc. The concoctions they put in the middle of the chocolate are a different kettle of fish. The honeycomb one is the Crunchie, I think. Yuck. But the worst of the lot is probably the Creme Egg. They are totally disgusting.

  9. Alun says:

    No no no no no no! The Creme Egg is possibly the strongest evidence that we have attained true enlightenment. What could be more heavenly than biting the top off and then hollowing out the creme with your tongue while getting chocolate smeared all around your face?

    Sucrovophobia is a terrible thing ;)

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