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A collection of irreverent summations of more than 100 well-known works of literature, from Anna Karenina to Wuthering Heights, cleverly described in the fewest words possible and accompanied with funny color illustrations. Abridged Classics: Brief Summaries of Books You Were Supposed to Read but Probably Didn’t is packed with dozens of humorous super-condensed summations o A collection of irreverent summations of more than 100 well-known works of literature, from Anna Karenina to Wuthering Heights, cleverly described in the fewest words possible and accompanied with funny color illustrations. Abridged Classics: Brief Summaries of Books You Were Supposed to Read but Probably Didn’t is packed with dozens of humorous super-condensed summations of some of the most famous works of literature from many of the world’s most revered authors, including William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Emily Brontë, Leo Tolstoy, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, J.R.R. Tolkien, Margaret Atwood, James Joyce, Plato, Ernest Hemingway, Dan Brown, Ayn Rand, and Herman Melville. From "Old ladies convince a guy to ruin Scotland" (Macbeth) to "Everyone is sad. It snows." (War and Peace), these clever, humorous synopses are sure to make book lovers smile.


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A collection of irreverent summations of more than 100 well-known works of literature, from Anna Karenina to Wuthering Heights, cleverly described in the fewest words possible and accompanied with funny color illustrations. Abridged Classics: Brief Summaries of Books You Were Supposed to Read but Probably Didn’t is packed with dozens of humorous super-condensed summations o A collection of irreverent summations of more than 100 well-known works of literature, from Anna Karenina to Wuthering Heights, cleverly described in the fewest words possible and accompanied with funny color illustrations. Abridged Classics: Brief Summaries of Books You Were Supposed to Read but Probably Didn’t is packed with dozens of humorous super-condensed summations of some of the most famous works of literature from many of the world’s most revered authors, including William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Emily Brontë, Leo Tolstoy, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, J.R.R. Tolkien, Margaret Atwood, James Joyce, Plato, Ernest Hemingway, Dan Brown, Ayn Rand, and Herman Melville. From "Old ladies convince a guy to ruin Scotland" (Macbeth) to "Everyone is sad. It snows." (War and Peace), these clever, humorous synopses are sure to make book lovers smile.

30 review for Abridged Classics: Brief Summaries of Books You Were Supposed to Read but Probably Didn't

  1. 4 out of 5

    Federico DN

    Immortal classics summarized in few words of irreverent dark humor. E.g. The Lord of the Rings trilogy: Middle-earth’s epic jewellery return policy. I don’t think you necessarily must have read every single classic beforehand to understand these jokes but I do think you can appreciate them a lot better if you have; or watched an adaptation, or at least barely know what the book is all about. ----------------------------------------------- PERSONAL NOTE : I only went as far as 28/110 because I Immortal classics summarized in few words of irreverent dark humor. E.g. The Lord of the Rings trilogy: Middle-earth’s epic jewellery return policy. I don’t think you necessarily must have read every single classic beforehand to understand these jokes but I do think you can appreciate them a lot better if you have; or watched an adaptation, or at least barely know what the book is all about. ----------------------------------------------- PERSONAL NOTE : I only went as far as 28/110 because I still have a long way to complete the book list. Most times I just read blindly, picking a book only by its title. And I fiercely avoid spoilers or hints about a books content, even as mild as this one. Whenever possible. [2018] [160p] [Classics Summary Collection] [Not Recommendable] [Amusing] [Witty] ----------------------------------------------- Clásicos inmortales resumidos en pocas palabras de irreverente humor negro. Ej. Trilogía El Señor de los Anillos: Epica sobre política de retorno de joyería en la Tierra Media. No creo que se deba necesariamente haber leído cada uno de los clásicos antes para entender los chistes pero sí creo que se aprecian mucho mejor si lo hiciste; o viste una adaptación, o al menos sabés mínimamente de que trata todo el libro. ----------------------------------------------- NOTA PERSONAL : Sólo llegué hasta 28/110 porque todavía me falta un largo camino antes de completar la lista de libros. La mayoría de las veces leo a ciegas, eligiendo un libro sólo por el título. Y evito ferozmente cualquier spoiler o indicios del contenido de un libro, incluso tan leves como éste. Siempre que sea posible. [2018] [160p] [Colección de Resúmenes de Clásicos] [No Recomendable] [Entretenido] [Ingenioso] -----------------------------------------------

  2. 4 out of 5

    Schizanthus Nerd

    This is one of those super quick (about five minutes) and quirky reads. John Atkinson summarises classic novels in a few words, with each entry accompanied by an illustration or two. I found I enjoyed the summaries if I’d read the book referenced already or at least knew the basics of the story. For those classics included where I wasn’t already familiar with the plot I found myself thinking some variation of ‘Oh, okay’ or ‘I don’t get it’. My favourites summaries are: The Lord of the Rings trilog This is one of those super quick (about five minutes) and quirky reads. John Atkinson summarises classic novels in a few words, with each entry accompanied by an illustration or two. I found I enjoyed the summaries if I’d read the book referenced already or at least knew the basics of the story. For those classics included where I wasn’t already familiar with the plot I found myself thinking some variation of ‘Oh, okay’ or ‘I don’t get it’. My favourites summaries are: The Lord of the Rings trilogy - Middle-earth’s epic jewellery return policy. The Handmaid’s Tale - An oppressive patriarchy controls women’s bodies. This book is also about that. Charlotte’s Web - Clever web designer saves a pig. I borrowed this book from my library (I love my library). I can imagine people buying this as a gift book. I’d already read many of the entries online though and while I’m glad I read the book I won’t be buying it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    We had so much fun with this book! We read the explanations and then tried to guess the book. “Everyone is sad. It snows.” War and Peace! Haha! That completely sums it up. “War is crazy, unless you are. Orr maybe not.” Catch-22. “Colonialism ruins everything. Also jungle metaphors.” Heart of Darkness. “Two sisters catch husbands. And one catches a cold.” Sense and Sensibility. Tons of fun! 😄

  4. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My favorites- Little Women: “Four sisters get married. Except Beth.” Peter Pan: “Some kids and a crocodile pester an amputee.” Wuthering Heights: “A sort-of brother and sister fall in love. It’s foggy.”

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lubinka Dimitrova

    OK, I'm ready now. Ask me anything about the classics. I've got it. #not OK, I'm ready now. Ask me anything about the classics. I've got it. #not

  6. 4 out of 5

    BetweenLinesAndLife

    3.5 Stars Such a fun little book with such cute illustrations!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erikka

    Classic literature is great, but there's only so much time in your life. This book takes about 100 classic tales and condenses them to one pithy and hilarious sentence, pairs the sentence with a cute cartoon, and voila: a perfect summary. I loved this so much. The sense of humor is right up my alley and the pics were fun. Classic literature is great, but there's only so much time in your life. This book takes about 100 classic tales and condenses them to one pithy and hilarious sentence, pairs the sentence with a cute cartoon, and voila: a perfect summary. I loved this so much. The sense of humor is right up my alley and the pics were fun.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)

    Please note, this is VERY abridged. More humorous than informational, usually just a line or two per classic and an illustration. It's definitely more of a humor book than an actual collection of summaries of classics. It was fun to read though, perhaps a 5 minute read. Please note, this is VERY abridged. More humorous than informational, usually just a line or two per classic and an illustration. It's definitely more of a humor book than an actual collection of summaries of classics. It was fun to read though, perhaps a 5 minute read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I devoured this in under 10 minutes. My only complaint is that it is too short. I got a copy from the library, but I will have to buy one for myself so I can refer back to it whenever I need a laugh. I adore the artwork and the summaries of classic novels and plays are a hoot.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Faidz Zainal Abidin

    I enjoyed this tremendously! Would love to own a copy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Are you a Biblio-phile? Do you wish you had read some of the classics that many consider to be iconic but never got around to? Do you want to know the stories of those that you are hesitant to look into or worry that it will bore you? Abridged Classics gives us a one page, one sentence answer to all of these questions. With simplistic illustrations, this humorous book will have you laughing for a long time. For example: Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck "Farming Sucks! Road Trip! Road trip sucks Are you a Biblio-phile? Do you wish you had read some of the classics that many consider to be iconic but never got around to? Do you want to know the stories of those that you are hesitant to look into or worry that it will bore you? Abridged Classics gives us a one page, one sentence answer to all of these questions. With simplistic illustrations, this humorous book will have you laughing for a long time. For example: Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck "Farming Sucks! Road Trip! Road trip sucks." or Charlotte's Web by E.B. White "Clever Web Designer saves Pig" Some of these classics I hadn't even heard of. Many of the well-known titles, including multiple Shakespeare plays, provide a fantastic and hilarious look into the shelves of classic literature. Fun read if you need a laugh. Great choice for April for National Humor Month!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cass {hiatus}

    A quirky, fast read that funny at times and pointless in others. The concept is five stars, I love it, summarizing classics in one or two short sentences in a funny way is a wonderful idea, but the execution was a bit less than what I expected. I don't know what I expected, but I expected to laugh more than I did. The illustrations were funny and though they look simple, they add a lot of to the summary of the story and are part of the reason I laughed at all. There's not really a point to readi A quirky, fast read that funny at times and pointless in others. The concept is five stars, I love it, summarizing classics in one or two short sentences in a funny way is a wonderful idea, but the execution was a bit less than what I expected. I don't know what I expected, but I expected to laugh more than I did. The illustrations were funny and though they look simple, they add a lot of to the summary of the story and are part of the reason I laughed at all. There's not really a point to reading this unless you want to laugh a bit and reminisce about all the times you were forced to read these books in school. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Middle-earth's epic jewelry return policy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mary Lou

    By the numbers... 5 - the approximate number of minutes this book takes to read. 20 - the number of dollars that you spent on those five minutes, if you paid the cover price. 0 - the amount of enjoyment you'll get from this book, and/or the amount of time and creativity that went into it. By the numbers... 5 - the approximate number of minutes this book takes to read. 20 - the number of dollars that you spent on those five minutes, if you paid the cover price. 0 - the amount of enjoyment you'll get from this book, and/or the amount of time and creativity that went into it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emily Degnitz

    This was hilarious! I read the descriptions to my mom and sister and made them guess the book. There were some books that we weren't familiar with, but it made me want to read or re-read some of the books to fully understand the references made in the books that I have read and the other ones that I haven't read yet. This was hilarious! I read the descriptions to my mom and sister and made them guess the book. There were some books that we weren't familiar with, but it made me want to read or re-read some of the books to fully understand the references made in the books that I have read and the other ones that I haven't read yet.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    This was a fun (and quick) book. I'll admit, there were some *cough*more than some*cough* books in this that I haven't read. I know of them, I know their basic story (in most cases) but I haven't read them. Either way, it was a fun book to kill some time with. This was a fun (and quick) book. I'll admit, there were some *cough*more than some*cough* books in this that I haven't read. I know of them, I know their basic story (in most cases) but I haven't read them. Either way, it was a fun book to kill some time with.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Suellen

    Some of these are funny ... Really, really funny. I would recommend this to any reader of classic literature. If nothing else, they will get a good laugh.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Glenn

    Very funny light read. Entertaining and enjoyable.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dna

    First of all, I resent this book’s subtitle, because I’ve read most novels that are mentioned. Second, this is a cute book, but not all entries are funny, or accurate, or even made sense. This book might be funnier for amateur (LOL) readers who haven’t read classics and think the Twilight series is literary. No judgment, just saying. 😊

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Neither clever or witty. Unfortunate, since, if you're going to done something that's been before, you should do it better or don't bother. Neither clever or witty. Unfortunate, since, if you're going to done something that's been before, you should do it better or don't bother.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Thant Zin Kyaw

    How to tell spoilers 101

  21. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    First sentence: Ulysses. James Joyce. Dublin, something, something, something, run-on sentence. Moby Dick. Herman Melville. Man vs. whale. Whale wins. War and Peace. Leo Tolstoy. Everyone is sad. It snows. Premise/plot: What you see is what you get...for the most part. Each classic book featured has an illustration (sometimes two) and a few sentences. It's as concise as can be. Peter Pan. J.M. Barrie. Some kids and a crocodile pester an amputee. Wuthering Heights. Emily Bronte. A sort-of brother a First sentence: Ulysses. James Joyce. Dublin, something, something, something, run-on sentence. Moby Dick. Herman Melville. Man vs. whale. Whale wins. War and Peace. Leo Tolstoy. Everyone is sad. It snows. Premise/plot: What you see is what you get...for the most part. Each classic book featured has an illustration (sometimes two) and a few sentences. It's as concise as can be. Peter Pan. J.M. Barrie. Some kids and a crocodile pester an amputee. Wuthering Heights. Emily Bronte. A sort-of brother and sister fall in love. It's foggy. Sense and Sensibility. Jane Austen. Two sisters catch husbands. And one catches a cold. My thoughts: I read this one in one sitting. Anyone could. I read it with a cup of tea in hand. It was delightful--for the most part, both the tea and the book. I could write BOOKS about how they summarized the Bible wrong. But. I won't. (For those that are curious, the summary is "Be good or else.") I would recommend this one for anyone who enjoys a super-quick read. Especially if your library has it. (I don't know that I could ever justify buying it--at least to myself. It just took me about fifteen minutes to read.)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    a short humorous book full of short humorous summaries of famous and/or classic books (ex--"War and Peace: Everyone is sad. it snows." or "Little Women: Four sisters get married. Except Beth." ouch, John. too soon.) accompanied by humorous art. This is a fun fast read, whether or not you've read the featured books. I shared excerpts and laughs over them with both my coworkers and my spouse. There were only one or two summaries that I simply didn't get, not having read the book. Most are easily a a short humorous book full of short humorous summaries of famous and/or classic books (ex--"War and Peace: Everyone is sad. it snows." or "Little Women: Four sisters get married. Except Beth." ouch, John. too soon.) accompanied by humorous art. This is a fun fast read, whether or not you've read the featured books. I shared excerpts and laughs over them with both my coworkers and my spouse. There were only one or two summaries that I simply didn't get, not having read the book. Most are easily accessibly and most often hilarious. I'm not sure I'd have been happy to buy this, but since it was a loan from the library, I was happy to while away 30 minutes and will be happy to share it with someone else soon. A highly recommended little literary diversion.

  23. 5 out of 5

    J

    There isn’t too much to say about this. Fun and easy read that, as the title suggests, gives quick summaries of books. Except I’d say it’s far more entertaining to read if you’ve already read those books because you can see how succinct some of these one liners are, aha. Favorites? The Odyssey: War veteran takes forever to get home, then kills everyone. The Iliad: Not the Odyssey. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Middle-earth's epic jewelry return policy. 1984: Vision of a dystopian future (now called There isn’t too much to say about this. Fun and easy read that, as the title suggests, gives quick summaries of books. Except I’d say it’s far more entertaining to read if you’ve already read those books because you can see how succinct some of these one liners are, aha. Favorites? The Odyssey: War veteran takes forever to get home, then kills everyone. The Iliad: Not the Odyssey. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Middle-earth's epic jewelry return policy. 1984: Vision of a dystopian future (now called Tuesday).

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Adorable and often clever. So abridged it only took me about 15 minutes to read the whole thing, otherwise I would've given it more stars! Also made me want to read The Mysteries of Udolpho because now I know it is "Gothic Scooby-Doo. With lots of secret passages, fainting, and punctuation." What could be better? Adorable and often clever. So abridged it only took me about 15 minutes to read the whole thing, otherwise I would've given it more stars! Also made me want to read The Mysteries of Udolpho because now I know it is "Gothic Scooby-Doo. With lots of secret passages, fainting, and punctuation." What could be better?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    This collection of book summaries uses graphic representation as well as short phrases to summarize up some of the well-known literature. They are very humorous, but you have to know something about the book before understanding the humor. This book ould start some interesting discussions in a book club and would make a fun writing assignment in a world literature class!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Samuele

    This is a funny, witty and silly reading. I don’t like reading classics and I think that this book is the perfect way to know them ahahah! No, I’m kidding, but if you want to read something quick and make some laugh, here it is.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Natalie (Natflix&Books)

    3.5 Completely silly and takes five minutes to read...but fun. Favorites: Pride and Prejudice: Girl hates wealthy aristocrat. Wait, no she doesn't. Lord of the Rings: Middle-earth's epic jewelry return policy. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: A lion eats a witch in a closet. Some kids watch. The lion is Jesus. 3.5 Completely silly and takes five minutes to read...but fun. Favorites: Pride and Prejudice: Girl hates wealthy aristocrat. Wait, no she doesn't. Lord of the Rings: Middle-earth's epic jewelry return policy. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: A lion eats a witch in a closet. Some kids watch. The lion is Jesus.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jesse

    A classic work about classic works.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Dottie

    This is pretty funny!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin Drew

    Freaking hilarious and well crafted. A very quick read. As I mentioned this is humorous and not to be taken too seriously and the illustrations are an added stroke of comedic literary gold!!

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