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The Five Minute Iliad Other Instant Classics: Great Books for the Short Attention Span

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Was Homer really blind, or was that just his shtick? Was Dante a righty or a lefty? Why aren't there any pictures of Jane Austen in a bikini? What made Oscar so Wilde? How much did Hemingway? These are just some of the many great questions of Western literature ignored in this book. andlt;BRandgt; From the author of andlt;Iandgt;A Prairie Home Companionandlt;/Iandgt;'s beloved "Five-Minute Classics" comes andlt;Iandgt;The Five-Minute Iliad and Other Instant Classics,andlt;/Iandgt; a witty and profane lampoon of the Western literary canon — the andlt;Iandgt;Spinal Tapandlt;/Iandgt; of literature. andlt;BRandgt; "I will never write such wordy trash again," Leo Tolstoy said of andlt;Iandgt;War and Peaceandlt;/Iandgt; after reading Homer in the original Greek. Tolstoy's pledge inspired humorist Greg Nagan to whet his double-edged verbal sword and offer this gleefully twisted take on what contemporary readings of the Great Books say about our society today. andlt;BRandgt; From andlt;Iandgt;The Iliadandlt;/Iandgt; to andlt;Iandgt;On the Road,andlt;/Iandgt; these fifteen parodies provide a riotous romp through Western civilization (one version of it, anyway) from Homer to Kerouac, from Ancient Greece to Postwar America, from the Lyrical Epic to the Breathless Gush. Nagan's mirthful mayhem will delight those who've read the Great Books, and those who haven't read them will find these literary caricatures entertaining in their own right.

Synopsis:

Was Homer really blind, or was that just his shtick? Was Dante a righty or a lefty? Why aren't there any pictures of Jane Austen in a bikini? What made Oscar so Wilde? How much did Hemingway? These are just some of the many great questions of Western literature ignored in this book.

From the author of A Prairie Home Companion's beloved "Five-Minute Classics" comes The Five-Minute Iliad and Other Instant Classics, a witty and profane lampoon of the Western literary canon — the Spinal Tap of literature.

"I will never write such wordy trash again," Leo Tolstoy said of War and Peace after reading Homer in the original Greek. Tolstoy's pledge inspired humorist Greg Nagan to whet his double-edged verbal sword and offer this gleefully twisted take on what contemporary readings of the Great Books say about our society today.

From The Iliad to On the Road, these fifteen parodies provide a riotous romp through Western civilization (one version of it, anyway) from Homer to Kerouac, from Ancient Greece to Postwar America, from the Lyrical Epic to the Breathless Gush. Nagan's mirthful mayhem will delight those who've read the Great Books, and those who haven't read them will find these literary caricatures entertaining in their own right.

About the Author

In addition to his work as a writer for Garrison Keillor's andlt;Iandgt;A Prairie Home Companion,andlt;/Iandgt; andlt;Bandgt;Greg Naganandlt;/Bandgt; was the cofounder of both the critically acclaimed Chicago theater group igLoo and the award-winning Studio 108. The creator of the popular Web site JustMorons.com, he lives in New York but remains nostalgic for Central Time.

Table of Contents

Contents

Author's Introduction: Why Read the Great Books?

The Five-Minute History of Western Civ

The Iliad by Homer

The Divine Comedy: Part I, Inferno by Dante Alighieri

Paradise Lost by John Milton

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Dracula by Bram Stoker

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Ulysses by James Joyce

1984 by George Orwell

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684867670
Author:
Nagan, Greg
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Form - Parodies
Subject:
Parodies
Subject:
Canon (literature)
Subject:
Canon
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
HUMOR / Parodies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
vol. VII, no 83
Publication Date:
August 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 chapter op. line drawings
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 10.325 oz

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Was Homer really blind, or was that just his shtick? Was Dante a righty or a lefty? Why aren't there any pictures of Jane Austen in a bikini? What made Oscar so Wilde? How much did Hemingway? These are just some of the many great questions of Western literature ignored in this book.

From the author of A Prairie Home Companion's beloved "Five-Minute Classics" comes The Five-Minute Iliad and Other Instant Classics, a witty and profane lampoon of the Western literary canon — the Spinal Tap of literature.

"I will never write such wordy trash again," Leo Tolstoy said of War and Peace after reading Homer in the original Greek. Tolstoy's pledge inspired humorist Greg Nagan to whet his double-edged verbal sword and offer this gleefully twisted take on what contemporary readings of the Great Books say about our society today.

From The Iliad to On the Road, these fifteen parodies provide a riotous romp through Western civilization (one version of it, anyway) from Homer to Kerouac, from Ancient Greece to Postwar America, from the Lyrical Epic to the Breathless Gush. Nagan's mirthful mayhem will delight those who've read the Great Books, and those who haven't read them will find these literary caricatures entertaining in their own right.

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