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How to Become Ridiculously Well-read in One Evening: A Collection of Literary Encapsulations Paperback – April 7, 1987

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Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1985. 5" x 8" tall; 188 pages

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 7, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140074511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140074512
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sheriff Armando on December 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
150 pieces of classic literature distilled to limericks, letters, and in one case, a children's story (N.J. Warburton on Great Expectations: "Here is Pip. Here is Pip's big sister. Pip's big sister is married to Joe the blacksmith. See Pip's big sister frown...", etc). Parrott (the book's editor) solicited the entries from 30+ authors, requiring only that they be succinct and "entertaining as well as enlightening". A warning: despite the book's title, these parodies are more fun if you've actually read the works described. A great gift for an English major with a sense of humor!
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Good fun, and a great dip-into read.

This little book by many authors presents a synopsis or each of the literary classics named, some as a short poem or limerick, others as a short story, series of notes or a diary entry or letter. The idea is that if you read a synopsis you have enough information to discuss the book or play.

Of course while the pieces themselves can be fun, the more familiar you are with the original work, the funnier they are.

I recommend reading this along with Poetry For Cats by Henry Beard, if you like cats.
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A former girlfriend lent me the copy she had from the 80s in hardback,and I so wanted one as a present for my elder bro & sis-in-law's joint 70th plus one for myself,and was in despair when the bookshops told me it was well out of print. Enter amazon to the rescue! It is such a clever book using so many different pseudonyms for probably the same person,the author,who himself surely has a pseudonym for starters. A crying shame it's no longer on the shelves of bookshops.
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By cemos on April 23, 2014
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An excellent purchase. In fact I bought two, one for a friend. I would certainly recommend it as a good read.
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