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Extremely Shortened Versions of Classic Books For Lazy People
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Extremely Shortened Versions of Classic Books For Lazy People

When it comes to classic literature, people can generally be divided into the following three camps:

1. Those who have read it.
2. Those who pretend to have read it.
3. Those who keep saying they’re going to read it, but never do.

Hats off to the first camp, but we can’t really blame those from camps two and three. After all, classic books can often seem pretty formidable, not least because they’re often rather long. War and Peace is over 1,400 pages, Don Quixote is close to 1000, and James Joyce’s Ulysses, while not quite as long, is still, well, Ulysses.

But thanks to Cartoonist John Atkinson, such must-read books need no longer be intimidating because he’s kindly reduced them all to just a handful of words in these funny drawings below. Now you too can pretend to have read the best books! But beware, spoilers lie ahead!

John told Bored Panda that he’s planning on doing at least one more in the cartoon drawings series, but he hasn’t decided which books to include yet. So if you can think of any book to read that you’d like to see condensed then drop your suggestions into the comments section below!

More info: John Atkinson | Facebook | Twitter (h/t: laughing squid)

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MiklósNagy
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6 years ago

Divine Comedy: Hell + two acts nobody read. Ever.

LeannKing
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6 years ago

I read them both... Lol

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AmyBellows
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6 years ago

1984: Rebel develops Stockholm Syndrome. Eventually. Like everyone else.

DariaB
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6 years ago

Oopsie.... Looks like the one who abridged these haven't really read "Dante's Inferno". If they did, they'd know that 1. - It's really called The Divine Comedy; and 2. - Protagonist crosses all hell and purgatory until he reaches his love in paradise....

BellaKonstantinova
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6 years ago

It's the first part of The Divine Comedy and it IS called Dante's Inferno, or just Inferno (by Dante). The whole Divine Comedy was made in three parts - Dante's Inferno, Dante's Purgatory and Dante's Paradise (or Heaven). But since the most popular part is Dante's Inferno they placed it here. And yes - it does not "break loose" it's more of an All Hell. Or "Where will I be after laughing at that kitten, check in this book" :)

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MiklósNagy
Community Member
6 years ago

Divine Comedy: Hell + two acts nobody read. Ever.

LeannKing
Community Member
6 years ago

I read them both... Lol

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AmyBellows
Community Member
6 years ago

1984: Rebel develops Stockholm Syndrome. Eventually. Like everyone else.

DariaB
Community Member
6 years ago

Oopsie.... Looks like the one who abridged these haven't really read "Dante's Inferno". If they did, they'd know that 1. - It's really called The Divine Comedy; and 2. - Protagonist crosses all hell and purgatory until he reaches his love in paradise....

BellaKonstantinova
Community Member
6 years ago

It's the first part of The Divine Comedy and it IS called Dante's Inferno, or just Inferno (by Dante). The whole Divine Comedy was made in three parts - Dante's Inferno, Dante's Purgatory and Dante's Paradise (or Heaven). But since the most popular part is Dante's Inferno they placed it here. And yes - it does not "break loose" it's more of an All Hell. Or "Where will I be after laughing at that kitten, check in this book" :)

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