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2.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear Me !!!!!, 31 Jan. 2013
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I am at present reading this in conjuction with The Letter,s of Vincent van Gogh , i wonder in all the author,s 10 year,s of research did they actually read the letter,s???
Far to much conjecture , overly long {where was the editor?} way too much psychobabble , who can ever guess what goes on inside somebodies head. So do yourself a favour buy and read the letter,s .Vincent,s letter dated 28th November 1885 - I'd like to do some work round there[the dock,s],but how and where, for one would get into trouble exceedingly quickly. All the same I've roamed through quite a number of streets & alleyways without mishap, have even sat down to talk in a very friendly way with various girls,
who seemed to take me for a bargee. Naifeh and White Smith translate this as on page 470 " Like centuries of vagabonds and exiles passing through Antwerp before him,Vincent drank the beer and plied the whores,torn between visions of new beginnings and dreams of homecoming.
He introduced himself to barmaids as a" bargee" -an inland sailor. There is way too much story telling by the authors and far to many wrong interpretations of the letters.
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Initial post: 3 Jun 2015 20:11:03 BDT
Your grammar, spelling, syntax and punctuation are breathtakingly awful. It makes your whole premise, that you know better than everyone else when it comes to evaluating this five star book, an unequivocal and utter joke.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jul 2015 08:49:10 BDT
TomSzikovski says:
On the other hand, the reviewer gets their point (that this is as a book by two obvious laymen, struggling and failing to pretend to be academics) across very nicely. They also doesn't claim that their opinion is objective, as you seem to in the presumption that this is a "five star book" or randomly lay into into someone else's language skills when at the very least Kim manages to be critical without being rude.

Posted on 20 Jul 2015 08:49:37 BDT
TomSzikovski says:
Nice, succinct review Kim. Thanks you.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jul 2015 09:58:02 BDT
The writers are not laymen. They are both graduates of Harvard Law and are both noted and respected academics with impressive pedigrees and antecedents. You should know what you're talking about before sticking your nose in.

I stand by my critique. His review was appallingly ignorant. Yours isn't much better.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jul 2015 21:48:13 BDT
TomSzikovski says:
I do: although Steven Naifeh studied fine arts and received a Ph.D. Gregory White Smith only had a Masters in education. And none of that makes them respected academics in the field of art history - let alone the psychology they frequently attempt and fail to delve into. Hence: laymen.

If anyone's ignorant, or sticking their nose in, it's you attacking people making honest reviews based on their experience of reading a book, rather than bowing to the awesome words 'Harvard Law.' (Harvard Law being more known for it's imaginative and manipulative men and women of letters than it's graduates' honest journalism.)

Feel free to keep your critiques to yourself in future, unless you have a beef with the actual content of the matter, rather than the form. Ta ta.
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