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LONDON (AP) - A critic who accused a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist of scattering literary allusions like “tin cans tied to a tricycle” has won a prize for the year’s most lacerating book review.
The review condemns the novel’s pretensions, saying it is “filled with thoughts about art, or (more ominously) Thoughts about Art.”
Mars-Jones, a British-born novelist, was awarded a golden hatchet and a year’s supply of potted shrimp at a ceremony Tuesday in London.
The U.K.-centric prize was established by review aggregating website The Omnivore to honor “the angriest, funniest, most trenchant” review published in a newspaper or magazine in 2011.
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