Haiku U: From Aristotle to Zola, 100 Great Books in 17 Syllables

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Take a hilarious crash course in literature—just three pithy lines—from a bestselling haiku humorist.

Why spend weeks slogging through The Iliad when you could just read the haiku? From Homer to Faulkner to Lao Tzu, the Great Books are now within the reach of even the shortest attention spans. Show off your literary prowess at cocktail parties with minimal prep time, thanks to the author of the popular Haikus for Jews.

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Overview

Take a hilarious crash course in literature—just three pithy lines—from a bestselling haiku humorist.

Why spend weeks slogging through The Iliad when you could just read the haiku? From Homer to Faulkner to Lao Tzu, the Great Books are now within the reach of even the shortest attention spans. Show off your literary prowess at cocktail parties with minimal prep time, thanks to the author of the popular Haikus for Jews.

In the sixteenth century, Zen monks in Japan developed the haiku, a poem consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables. Little did they know that their ancient art form was destined to become a handy tool for today's time-crunched Western reader!

Reducing eyestrain and deforestation, Haiku U. distills dialogue and plot, capturing the essence of our favorite literary classics, seventeen syllables at time:

Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past:
Tea-soaked madeleine—
a childhood recalled. I had brownies like that once.

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre:
O woe! His mad wife—
in the attic! Had they but lived together first.

Just in time for graduation, Haiku U. gives the gift of an entire literary canon, packed into one hilarious gem.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781592401284
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 5.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David M. Bader is the author of the bestseller Haikus for Jews: For You, a Little Wisdom and Zen Judaism: For You, a Little Enlightenment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2005

    True to the originals, yet funny

    This book effectively reduces 100 great classics to a very manageable 17 syllables each. It also effectively reduced me to hysterical laughter on several occasions. It starts on a high note -- a wicked send up of Canterbury Tales -- and sustains the humor fairly consistently throughout. How welcome it is to find something so smart and so silly. This book can be used as a teaching tool, but it should mainly be enjoyed for its own sake.

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