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Twitterature: The World's Greatest Books in Twenty Tweets or Less Paperback – December 29, 2009
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"Twitterature makes me want to punch someone, preferably the 'authors'. They're in Chicago. I'm gonna take a road trip..."
Top Customer Reviews
The comments are meant to be clever and amusing. I found them to be neither. I did however find them to be vulgar, stupid and degrading.
There is no effort on the part of the twitterers to catch in any way the style and tone, the feeling of any of these classic works.
The concept 'rip-off' comes to mind.
I can imagine that the audience most offended by this book would be those that have enjoyed these classics for decades/ does not know how twitter works. I've shown this to a few English teachers and they have laughed at seeing their favorites being deconstructed in a mere 1400 or so characters (most books being 10-20 tweets, 140 characters max.)
Just a quick complaint: The book does go into vulgar territory, so much that one could deduce that a couple of college students wrote this as a way to pass time. With that said, carry an open mind, read a "twitterized" passage and ROFL until morning.
While it may be an indication that conventional learning has gone the way of the dodo, it's also a refreshing take on centuries of books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had only read about a dozen of the books that they talked about in this book. The tweets from the books I read were hilarious though.Published on November 14, 2013 by Kayla's Reads and Reviews
I expected a fresh clever take on tweeting the classics. It was neither fresh nor clever. I bought it for my daughter who is an English major, but find I will not be able to gift... Read morePublished on October 28, 2013 by T
I don't really like classic literature, but this makes it more fun and accessible for even the most reluctant reader.Published on January 30, 2013 by Ultimate Bookworm
I first encountered this book in my History of Theater class. We were reading Lysistrata, and our Professor showed us the portion of this book covering that story. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Sarah Collova
Absolutely hilarious -- though, I confess, it was much easier to understand and appreciate the Twitterature versions of books I had read versus books I had not. Read morePublished on August 26, 2012 by Meaghan