Newsflash…! I’m a racist. Apparently.
According to American author Jami Attenberg, I’m a racist anti-semite for not liking her book.
A few days ago I reviewed her book “The Middlesteins“ and I used the phrase “I don’t get Jewish humour…”
Jami seems to be a hit on social media, because I got 827 hits to that review in 24 hours.
And I’m a racist, apparently.
Now listen up, Jami Attenberg, and your legions of fans.
Just because I did not like your book, it does not give you licence to send your followers after me on your Twitter and Facebook account and give me hell. I am ever so sorry that I did not gush over your work, and lavish and foist the praise on you that you, quite obviously, crave.
I am nothing but a lover of books. I read in my spare time for no financial gain. This is not my job. I am not paid for my reviews. I do it because I love it, and I always offer an honest and impartial opinion of a book and hope my opinions influence others on their purchases. If I am ever sent a free book, I make it known.
If you don’t like your review, tough.
I don’t claim to be a professional book reviewer. If anything, this site is a personal book review blog, and the people who visit are those who just want to know if a book is worth their time or not.
I have never, ever made a racist comment, or racist review – but because I didn’t like your book with the line “I don’t get Jewish humour”, you’ve gone for me.
So, just for you Jami, here’s a message:
My uncle, Graham Bennett, is a Jewish man who lives in Tel Aviv with his gay boyfriend Itsik. He was a tank commander in the 1970s and fought in Beirut.
My cousins, Roy and Yasmin, are two Jews who have served their time in the Israeli Army.
I have been to Dachau, Sachsenhausen and Auschwitz.
I have seen the gas chambers, the suitcases, the tins of Xyclone B, the shoes, the hair of Jews who lost their lives.
Don’t belive me? Well here we go…
I have also been to the Jewish cemetary in Prague.
I have been to the Jewish Ghetto in Krakow.
I have been to Budapest and seen where Jews were shot by the Danube and fell into the water.
I have read countless, COUNTLESS Jewish books – either by Jewish authors or about the Holocaust. Take a look at this review, for a case in point.
Yes, because an anti-semite would have written this…..?
I FUCKING HATE JEWS!
Jami Attenberg, you are nothing but a bitter, bitter and incredibly jaded woman who has released crap book, and has used my review to accuse me of being an anti-semite. But you know what, lady? With my family and the places I’ve been – I’m probably more Jewish than you.
Just a thought.
The Book Boy