March 06, 2009

LYING BOOKS

Teresa found a list of the top ten books that Brits lie about having read. Heh. Well, I've read six of those ten books, and two of them in the original French. So la di da for me.

And I wouldn't read Ulysses or Dreams From My Father if you paid me. I took a course in college where the professor offered that if any one of us could 1) read and 2) understand Ulysses, we'd get an automatic A in the class. No takers.

Incidentally, I find it hilarious that people are lying about having read Obama's book.

Posted by: Sarah at 10:46 AM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 I've read only one! The first one, of course. And I might have read it in 1984 (or was it late 1983?). I started reading the Bible back in 1992, but never finished. Did you read all seven parts of Remembrance of Things Past? I'm surprised Obama's book isn't number one. I wonder what the American top ten list would look like.

Posted by: Amritas at March 06, 2009 11:36 AM (+nV09)

2 Amritas -- Oh yeah, you're right: I only read the first book of Proust. Whew, that was plenty though.

Posted by: Sarah at March 06, 2009 12:03 PM (TWet1)

3 Yeah . . . I wanted to read 1984, but never did. I've read the Bible, but it's not really one of those books people read all the way through at once. I've read every word at some point, but never in order, and never all at once. Teresa makes a great point, though, which is why I probably didn't do well in my AP English class: I could never figure out why all the books people insisted where "great literature" had to be so damned depressing. No joke! We had to read Crime and Punishment in AP English. The only reason I passed that portion of the class is because my boyfriend read it, loved it, and explained the rest of it to me. I was depressed enough by life – I didn't need a modern Russian author making it worse. :p Give me my sci-fi and fantasy brain candy! And Ayn Rand. Because she makes literature WORTH it!

Posted by: Deltasierra at March 06, 2009 02:06 PM (fPHZv)

4 Top 10 books Sovereign Kingdom University students claim they've read: 1. القرآن Al-Qur’ān 2. Dreams frOm My Father 3. The Audacity of hOpe 4. The Communist Manifesto 5. 毛主席语录 Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong, a.k.a. The Little Red Book 6. 김일성 전집 Complete Collection of Kim Il Sung's Works 7. 세기와 더불어 With the Century (Kim Il Sung's autobiography) 8. 김정일 전집 Complete Collection of Kim Jong Il's Works 9. Mark Zepezauer, The CIA's Greatest Hits 10. Anything I wrote

Posted by: kevin at March 06, 2009 09:59 PM (Wxe3L)

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