An author’s worst critic is usually themselves – unless Sir Salman Rushdie weighs in with a broadside, that is. The award-winning Rushdie, who has himself been at the receiving end of stringent and often highly personal literary criticism, has now sparked controversy with some trenchant opinions of some authors widely regarded as among the finest of their generation.
What exactly is the big problem about Salman Rushdie giving Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mocking Bird just three stars on Goodreads? He didn’t enjoy it! That doesn’t mean it isn’t a “classic”.