Brideshead Abbreviated: The Digested Read of the Twentieth Century

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Random House, Oct 14, 2010 - Humor - 368 pages
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John Crace's 'Digested Read' column in the Guardian has rightly acquired a cult following. Each week fans avidly devour his latest razor-sharp literary assassination, while authors turn tremblingly to the appropriate page of the review section, fearful that it may be their turn to be mercilessly sent up.

Now he turns his critical eye on the classics of the last century, offering bite-sized pastiches of everything from Mrs Dalloway to Trainspotting via Lolita and The Great Gatsby. Those who have never quite got around to reading A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man will be delighted to find its essence distilled into a handful of paragraphs. Those who have never really enjoyed Lord of the Flies will be pleased to find it hilariously parodied in an easily swallowable 982 words. And those who find all such works a little highbrow will be relieved to discover, between the covers of this book, John Crace's take on the likes of Ian Fleming, P. G. Wodehouse and the Highway Code.

Witty and sharp, this is essential reading both for those who genuinely love literature and for those who merely want to appear ridiculously well read.

 

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Contents

Claudine in Paris Colette
7
Anna of the Five Towns Arnold Bennett
13
The Immoralist André Gide
24
The Scarlet Pimpernel Baroness Orczy 3 1
34
Sanders of the River Edgar Wallace
41
Le Grand Meaulnes AIainFournier
49
Tarzan of the Apes Edgar Rice Burroughs
56
Tarr Wyndham Lewis
69
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler
138
Darkness at Noon Arthur Koestler
145
Cry the Beloved Country 1 Alan Paton 1 59
164
The Catcher in the Rye I D Salinger
177
Lord of the Flies William Golding
189
Breakfast at Tiffanys Truman Capote
199
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess 2 1 5
215
The French Lieutenants Woman john Fowles
234

Siddhartha Hermann Hesse
77
The Painted Veil Somerset Maugham
94
Memoirs of a FoxHunting Man Siegfried Sassoon
103
Brave New World Aldous Huxley 1 14
114
Right Ho Jeeves P G Wodehouse
121
To Have and Have Not Ernest Hemingway 1 3 1
131
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S Thompson
241
The History Man Malcolm Bradbury
256
19805
280
1990s
316
Acknowledgements 3 5 5
355
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John Crace is the Guardian's parliamentary sketch writer and author of the 'Digested Read' columns. He is also author of Baby Alarm: A Neurotic's Guide to Fatherhood, Vertigo: One Football Fan's Fear of Success , Harry's Games: Inside the Mind of Harry Redknapp, Brideshead Abbreviated: the Digested Read of the Twentieth Century and The Digested Twenty-first Century. He lives in London.

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