Book Review: Long Story Short: 100 Classic Books in Three Panels by Lisa Brown (2020)

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

A cheeky idea with mixed results herunterladen.

three out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss.)

Long Story Short: 100 Classic Books in Three Panels is pretty much what it sounds like, with two (admittedly nitpicky) differences: 1) the comics are anywhere from one to six panels; and 2) some of these are not what you (if you are of the snobby literary persuasion) would call “classics.”

Yes, there are the usual suspects: Shakespeare and Poe; Don Quixote and Madame Bovary; To Kill a Mockingbird and Pride and Prejudice river flows in you mp3 kostenlos. But you’ll also find some more contemporary works (The Hunger Games, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), as well as books not uncommonly derided as “lowbrow” or “pedestrian” (Carrie, Twilight).*

This is a really clever concept that’s rather hit-or-miss in execution excel testversion herunterladen. The collection’s success really hinges on its reader’s familiarity with the books being parodied and, c’mon, who – outside of an English lit major – has read so many of these old and stuffy books usenext chip? (Moby Dick, ugh.) Or, if you haven’t yet read some of these titles but plan to, the spoilers are all but guaranteed to ruin your life.

Still, there are some pretty fun comics here meine signal iduna app herunterladen. In no particular order, I loved the Bible, by a bunch of anonymous, long-dead dudes; “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson (“Let’s all get together and kill Mrs online games zumen. Hutchinson.”); The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (“You can love someone and still be racist.”); Charlotte’s Web by EB White (“WRITERS make the best of friends mediathek sendungen. And then they DIE.”); and, of course, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (“DON’T. EAT. MEAT.”). And Carrie = words to live by lol client herunterladen.

I really think Brown could’ve done better with both The Handmaid’s Tale and Lolita, though herunterladen. Reducing Atwood’s message to “IT IS HARD TO BE A WOMAN” seems pretty simplistic, even for this project; any distillation that doesn’t contain the word “patriarchy” or “theocracy” is way off the mark herunterladen. And the Lolita strip just feels icky. Like, it’s a story about a pedophile rapist; no need to romanticize it with phrases like “fire of my loins” and “sin of my soul.” This makes child rape seem, like, complicated and existential when it’s just more of the same misogyny we all know and hate. KISS.

* fwiw, I hope the scare quotes adequately telegraph my disgust. Stephen King is one of my auto-reads!

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