Brideshead Abbreviated: The Digested Read of the Twentieth Century

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Random House, 2010 - Humor - 355 pages
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John Crace 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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\John Crace is a Guardian staff feature writer and columnist, and author of the regular Digested Read and Digested Classic columns.

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