Spending time with this guy is like being buttonholed at a party by a remote acquaintance who responds to a casual "Hi, how are you?" with a half-hour whinge-fest about his physical ailments, medical treatments and spiritual complaints.
Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times, 26 April 2006, New York Times
reviewing Philip Roth's Everyman. Amazon
"She well knew how and when to grizzle, grouse, sulk and whinge" about a host of grievances, all invented, and "did not really like" her husband, who had done the unforgivable: he forced her to see that she was horribly unsuited to be what she had directed her whole life to being, the wife of a genius.
James Kincaid, The New York Times, 18 December 1994, New York Times
reviewing Martin Seymour-Smith's Hardy. Amazon