Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The Greats Haikued!

Goodness, it's such a slog to read your way through the classics and with all of us so busy these days ...

Thanks goodness for this guy David Bader who has reduced the most essential reads of world literature to 17 syllables in 100 Great Books in Haiku.

See if you can work out which books the following haikus summarise:

Advice for those
in a difficult position.
First, be flexible.

Lecherous linguist
he lays low and is laid low
after laying Lo.

Plagues, incest madness,
human pig-children. Dios!

Where did the time go?

First one to get each right buys me coffee!

More info on the book and more extracts here. Came across it while I was browsing the shelves of the new Borders in the Curve (definitely squidgy, and too many temptations).

Think you can do as well as Bader? Penguin have announced a competition where readers submit haiku about their favourite books. This could get addictive!