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June 14, 2013

Beware of book blurbs

shutterstock_74882698-620x412The Washington Post did not review Martin Amis’ latest novel favorably, but the book blurb suggests otherwise

By Prachi Gupta

As book blurb whore/not whore Gary Shteyngart will tell you, writing book blurbs is an artform — but it’s also a bit of a farce.

As Washington Post fiction editor Ron Charles points out, the book blurb from the Washington Post on the front of Martin Amis’ “Lionel Asbo” (which Charles did not review favorably) is so disingenuous, it borders on lying:

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