This week's nomination for fabulously goofy book concept is "Haiku U: From Aristotle to Zola, 100 Great Books in 17 Syllables" by David...
This week’s nomination for fabulously goofy book concept is “Haiku U: From Aristotle to Zola, 100 Great Books in 17 Syllables” by David M. Bader (Gotham Books, 112 pp., $15). Bader, who also authored “Haikus for Jews: For You, a Little Wisdom,” has distilled 100 classics of world literature into the 17-syllable haiku form. Without further ado, here’s a few:
“The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Grim, gray New England
all adulterers receive
“Saint Joan” by George Bernard Shaw
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Strange girl. Hears voices.
But, by Jove, even in death
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“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift
Thus I was first great
then small, and much vexed to learn
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Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times book editor