So,only recognised authors are allowed an opinion on books then?:lol:
Well there's your opinion and then we have the opinions of these literary non-entities..........................
“I managed to get my copy of Ulysses through safely this time. I rather wish I had never read it. It gives me an inferiority complex. When I read a book like that and then come back to my own work, I feel like a eunuch who has taken a course in voice production.” George Orwell.
“Ulysses, of course, is a divine work of art and will live on despite the academic nonentities who turn it into a collection of symbols or Greek myths. I once gave a student a C-minus, or perhaps a D-plus, just for applying to its chapters the titles borrowed from Homer while not even noticing the comings and goings of the man in the brown mackintosh. He didn’t even know who the man in the brown mackintosh was. Oh, yes, let people compare me to Joyce by all means, but my English is pat ball to Joyce’s champion game.” Vladimir Nabokov
“Everyone said that it [Ulysses] was such a sealed book, hard to penetrate, but I did not think so at all. You never hear people say that there is so much humor in the book, that the characters are so lively or that the theme – Stephen Daedalus in search of his lost father and Bloom looking for his lost child – is so moving. People talk about the cleverness of Ulysses and about the literary innovation. To me it was moving, in the first place” Salman Rushdie.
"Joyce has written a most goddam wonderful book (Ulysses). Meantime the report is that he and all his family are starving, but you can find the whole Celtic crew of them in Michaud," Ernest Hemingway.
"I hold this book to be the most important expression which the present age has found; it is a book to which we are all indebted, and from which none of us can escape." T.S. Eliot
So it will be ex footballers for football actors for movies etc etc?
Anything that is subjective allows anyone to have an opinion. You might have a different opinion and think someone's else's opinion isn't wrong but you can't "prove" it, that's the way of things.
Irish nationalists seek to defend their solitary literary figure with any worldwide renown, fair enough.
It doesn't stop someone saying that they thought his book was crap.
Suck it up.