Brideshead Abbreviated by John Crace
The Digested Read of the Twentieth Century

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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.

 

About John Crace

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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.
 
Published October 14, 2010 by Cornerstone Digital. 372 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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It also turned out I had sent a rather bitchy letter to Adrian when I realised he and Veronica were attracted to one another and that Veronica had burned his diary, apart from one page.

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"The name is Bond, James Bond," he said.

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I wrote to Tony asking him to make sure my campaigns to limit Murdoch's media empire and expose the Masons in public office will be a priority for a new Labour government.

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2007 Gordon and Tony embrace each other fondly as Tony hands over the keys to No 10.

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Well done for buying an iPad 2, an executive toy that is an unfortunate hybrid of an oversized iPod and a rubbish laptop.

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A lot of people wonder how Chinese parents raise such stereotypically successful kids.

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The Feds had to deal with Ben before he fucked the whole of New York.

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