Hatchet Job of the Year goes to AA Gill for Morrissey broadside

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The Guardian in the UK reports on how Sunday Times critic, A. A. Gill, was  honoured for the ‘expert caning’ of rock star, Morrissey’s recent autobiography

140212-morrissey-autobiography“A cacophony of jangling, misheard and misused words … a sea of Stygian self-justification and stilted self-conscious prose … ” AA Gill‘s caustic review of Morrissey‘s Autobiography has been named the Hatchet Job of the Year. Gill was revealed as winner of the prize, set up by The Omnivore websiteand going to the writer “of the angriest, funniest, most trenchant book review” of the past year.”

“Morrissey’s Autobiography was published by Penguin, under its Classics imprint – a decision with which Gill takes great issue in his review, calling it the singer’s “most Pooterishly embarrassing piece of intellectual social climbing”. Gill concludes that putting the book, “a potential firelighter of vanity, self-pity and logorrhoeic dullness”, in Penguin Classics “doesn’t diminish Aristotle or Homer or Tolstoy; it just roundly mocks Morrissey, and this is a humiliation constructed by the self-regard of its victim”.

His review, which can be read in full on the Omnivore’s website, also lays into Morrissey’s take on his early life – “laughably overwrought and overwritten, a litany of retrospective hurt and score-settling that reads like a cross between Madonna and Catherine Cookson” – before dismissing the memoir as a book which should never have been written.”

Read the full story in The Guardian.

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