Your favourite book in a few words

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Thursday 18 March 2004 11.23pm
From todays Evening Standard

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
"Little guys go to a lot of trouble to get rid of stolen jewellery"

Watership Down by Richard Adams
"Funny-named bunnies leave home based on psychic premonition,
join cult, leave, find new home, notice no lady bunnies around,
steal lady bunnies from farm."

The Bible
Good opening chapter. Main character arrives halfway through, but gets killed off early. Some decent
(if dated) commandments. Cracking ending. Slighty too open to interpretation.

1984, by George Orwell

Ullysses by James Joyce
"Leopold Bloom wanders around Dublin, reminisces, frets about Molly's adultery, eats, tries to make a buck, masturbates. Crosses paths with Stephen Dedalus. Molly masturbates. Yes!"

Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov
"Three Russian sisters want to go to Moscow. They don't go."

A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu by Marcel Proust
"Guy wakes up, eats a cake, thinks about stuff, becomes a writer."
Friday 19 March 2004 10.06am

The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
"money can't buy you love, but you can throw some great parties"

A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway
"there were lots of American writers in Paris, and I was the best"

Any Harry Potter book
"impoverished writer uses a lot of old myths to make a *lot* of money"

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
"Mind the gap!"
Friday 19 March 2004 1.52pm
Or there's always the American newspaper headline about the man who escaped from an asylum and raped a laundry worker:

Friday 19 March 2004 2.03pm
Or the 6 Newcastle players involved in an alleged drugs scandal:

Friday 19 March 2004 3.08pm
Or the maniac who's on the run after assaulting several women in a launderette - nut screws washers and bolts. Oops, forgive my ignorance!

Post edited (19 Mar 04 16:12)

Ignorance is bliss
Friday 19 March 2004 3.23pm
Ignorance certainly is bliss Barky...had you seen Sue's post two above yours?
Friday 19 March 2004 3.26pm
Scoop: Journalist goes long way with lots of useless kit to get no story.

Black Mischief: Tribal chief has library but cannot read.

Pride & Prejudice. Love overcomes his pride and her prejudice. All live happily ever after in big house in country.

Personally I prefer the long versions, Phoney. Sorry!
Saturday 20 March 2004 4.50pm
the A-Z: plot is crap but the locations seem so real
Sunday 21 March 2004 12.17am

Nice one.

here are some more:

The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
"Four swordsmen go camping in France"

Down and Out in Paris and London, Eric Blair (aka...)
"the Rough Guide to working in Paris (pre Eurostar)"

Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote
"liquid lunches, sunglasses, tears, and sadly no millionaire"

L'etranger, Albert Camus
"gunfight on the beach, so what?"
Thursday 25 March 2004 1.01pm
"The Beach"
man goes on adventure/holiday. hears about excuisite resort. turns up to find everyone there is mad. goes mad himself. everyone leaves when neighbours get rowdy.

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