Summarise a Novel in 25 Words

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Don DeLillo- "Underworld"

He speaks in your voice, American. Soon you'll wish I did.

Tom Wilkinson, Wednesday, 7 April 2004 12:05 (eighteen years ago) link

"Ethan Frome"-Edith Wharton

In the bleak New England winter. Sledding crash scarred me and my girl for life! Now we're trapped with crazy wife and her pickle dish.

Jocelyn, Wednesday, 7 April 2004 12:57 (eighteen years ago) link

Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood (Oliver Sacks)

I was so enthusiast about Mendeleev table, that I became a psychiatrist.

[spero suoni bene, in inglese ;o)]

kiddie, Friday, 9 April 2004 07:25 (eighteen years ago) link

James Ellroy "American Tabloid"

Or of the bramosia.

IceS, Friday, 9 April 2004 07:59 (eighteen years ago) link

Kafka's Metamorphosis: i feel sick..everybody is an assholes and my sister has nice body.

Mario, Friday, 9 April 2004 08:37 (eighteen years ago) link

The sun is high and I'm killing an arab. I don't know why. Like ever.

The etranger. Albert Camus

Alessandro Marinaccio, Friday, 9 April 2004 09:18 (eighteen years ago) link

"Fermat's last theorem"- Simon Singh
Three centuries to solve the enigma

Leonardo RECCHIA, Friday, 9 April 2004 22:39 (eighteen years ago) link

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens:

No. No. No. Oh, yes alright then.

Joseph Gurney, Saturday, 10 April 2004 11:24 (eighteen years ago) link

THE CANTERBURY TALES, by Geoffrey Chaucer

Lots of people fail to get to Canterbury because they spend too much time talking.

Joseph Gurney, Saturday, 10 April 2004 11:33 (eighteen years ago) link


Decadent aesthete thinks that if he creates the ultimate escapist fantasy he can fight "against Nature". He's wrong.

(vide supra ;-) )

Joseph Gurney, Saturday, 10 April 2004 11:46 (eighteen years ago) link


Giant Walking Deadly Poisonous Plants are a Disaster, don't you know!

Joseph Gurney, Saturday, 10 April 2004 11:48 (eighteen years ago) link

Dracula - Bram Stoker:

Angry customer tries to get revenge on bloodsucking parasitic Real Estate agents, fails.

Moby Dick - Herman Melville:

Bad idea. Turn back now - certain death ahead. Fine, ignore me. Splash. Aargh! Told you so.

Cornelius Murphy, Saturday, 10 April 2004 18:36 (eighteen years ago) link

Moby Dick:

Sail Tale
Frail man fails
pale wale prevails

Christoph Schulte-Vennbur, Saturday, 10 April 2004 21:23 (eighteen years ago) link

Wuthering Heights - again

Oh Catherine... Oh Heathcliff. Oh Catherine... Oh Heathcliff! Oh Catherine!! OH HEATHCLIFF!!! OH CATHERINE... you get the idea.

JL, Sunday, 11 April 2004 04:58 (eighteen years ago) link

all books by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Emancipated, intelligent woman loves a man but is hindered by religion or stupid men!

Geesa de vries, Sunday, 11 April 2004 08:19 (eighteen years ago) link

Lord of the Flies

Kids are gruesome. Fat kids are losers.

TN, Sunday, 11 April 2004 08:22 (eighteen years ago) link

Franz Kafka - The Metamorphosis

Son wakes up, finds himself transformed into a bug, makes family life a hell, than dies. Life goes on.

Dirk Dunkel, Sunday, 11 April 2004 08:48 (eighteen years ago) link

For Whom the Bell Tolls

My name is Robert Jordan. I am noble. Spaniards are cool even though they curse a lot . Cowardice, though, is bad. I mean *real* bad. But -- damn! -- even noble men have to die. So I'll shag that Maria one last time.

rhesus m. dexter, Sunday, 11 April 2004 09:07 (eighteen years ago) link

All Terry Pratchett Rincewind Books

If you are in danger, run, it doesn't matter where you are running to. And what the hell does this luggage with feet do?

WLBORg, Sunday, 11 April 2004 09:41 (eighteen years ago) link

Pigs smell. Badly.

THE FIRM - Grisham
Young stud goes mafia. Outsmarts everyone. Happy end.

A TIME TO KILL - Grisham
Pisshead wins courtcase.

THE HOBBIT - Tolkien
Diary of a Duke of Edinburgh Award Trip. PS: Little man finds ring

Another diary of a Duke of Edinburgh Award Trip. More Walking. PS: Little man wants to get rid of ring

TWO TOWERS - Tolkien
Wizard's condo gets flooded.

Nutter jumps to death.

Science backfires, badly.

PREY - Crichton
Science backfires, badly, again.

TIMELINE - Crichton
Don't timetravel!

You stupid. I told you. Don't timetravel!

They are nuts, we are nuts. Yippee, let's beat up some Iraqis.

ROMEO AND JULIET - Shakespeare
Two lovers. Lots of crazy shit. Everyone dies. The End.

janji, Sunday, 11 April 2004 10:40 (eighteen years ago) link

Girls gets stoned. Lots of smoke.

Sequel to Alice in Wonderland.

janji, Sunday, 11 April 2004 10:43 (eighteen years ago) link

SHOGUN - James Clavell

Japan 1600. Englishman to learn japanese - else villagepeople ordered dead. Intriguenet between great emperors. Love. Everyone addicted by selfmurder and obedience.

Tokee, Sunday, 11 April 2004 12:10 (eighteen years ago) link

"der spiegel" runs a story about this thread! (in german),1518,294618,00.html

abcd, Sunday, 11 April 2004 12:14 (eighteen years ago) link

i just want to tell, that u got mentioned in zhe german "spiegel" (the mirrorw), one of the biggest german magazins.,1518,294618,00.html

thats a great idea to summarise novels in 25 words, also very funny.

thx to all of u who have found the time and the effort to contribute some summarasetion to this page.



Claudio Riolo, Sunday, 11 April 2004 12:31 (eighteen years ago) link

yep... but those dimwits forgot to post a link, so i had to find it via google

BTW.. is there a "summarize a movie in 25 words" franchise? if not, it would certainly be great...

TN, Sunday, 11 April 2004 18:10 (eighteen years ago) link

******* Science Fiction Summary ***********

William Gibson: Neuromancer

Case gets his brain repaired by AI to screw his dead girl inside the Matrix. His new girl enjoys killing people in a stylish way.

Isaac Asimov: I, Robot

Computers are wonderful because the do what they're told. Humans not so.

Frank Herbert: Dune

Guy goes into the desert to find he is the messiah everybody is waiting for but discovers he is unable to change anything.

Dune II: He still can't, though he is emperor of the Galaxy
Dune III: Neither can his Children, although they are superhuman.
Dune IV: His son still fails despite becoming a god.
Dune V: Sex doesn't help solving the problem.
Dune IV: Best sex in the universe, neither.


The Collected Works of Robert A. Heinlein

Real Guys kick sissys around and get the chicks laid, all times ,all universes, except USA, Terra, middle of 20th century.

Robert Zelazny: The Lord of Light

On a remote planet, Buddha destroys oligarchy of indian gods by allying with alien natives, freeing mankind.

Larry Niven & Jerry Purnelle: Footfall

Aliens arrive in giant spaceship to conquer Earth but are beaten back by NASA-Shuttles and patriotic americans that support manned space flight.

Nikolai W. Kutuzov, Sunday, 11 April 2004 18:48 (eighteen years ago) link

W. Golding: Lord of the Flies

Everyone has bad thoughts, even kids. Having this emotions under control becomes important.

Yigit Gümüs, Monday, 12 April 2004 07:35 (eighteen years ago) link

Erich von Däniken: Chariots of the Gods

We evolved from apes, but they were the first who flew to space.

Feyzi Karaer, Monday, 12 April 2004 07:58 (eighteen years ago) link

"Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy:

She's married with the wrong man. She loves the wrong one too. She chooses the train.

Alex Hartmann, Monday, 12 April 2004 15:02 (eighteen years ago) link

Ken Follett - Eye of the Needle

I killed her. Ooops, I did it again.

Der Zwerg vom Berg, Monday, 12 April 2004 17:47 (eighteen years ago) link

"The Physicists" by Friedrich Duerrenmatt

Three physicists pretend to be nuts, who pretend to be another great physicists. They murder hospital's stuff to prove their madness. The plan fails.

Alex Hartmann, Monday, 12 April 2004 18:34 (eighteen years ago) link

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Jose Arcadio Buendia, Colonel Aureliano Buendia,Ursula Iguaran, Amaranta, Remedios, Renata Remedios, Amaranta Ursula, Jose Arcadio Segundo, Aurelianox17,loads of shagging, killing, amnesia, and pigtails.

Cindy Montano (, Monday, 12 April 2004 19:10 (eighteen years ago) link

Fahrenheit 451

Man burns books, reads one, changes mind

Kenneth McElroy, Monday, 12 April 2004 19:46 (eighteen years ago) link

The Heart of a dog

Dog turned into man-dog by professer,causes chaos, then turned back into dog again. Parody of Russian Revolution, and how commies are such bastards.

Kenneth "it's me again" McElroy, Monday, 12 April 2004 19:58 (eighteen years ago) link

The Merchant of Venice

Jewish merchant makes deal, loses deal due to a bit of unfairness. oy! what a world!

Kenneth "i'm Scottish, not Irish" McElroy, Monday, 12 April 2004 20:04 (eighteen years ago) link

Blood Hunt

Man murdered, murderer murdered by murderer's murdered man's brother. All this set in the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

Kenneth McElroy, Monday, 12 April 2004 20:11 (eighteen years ago) link

All Novels by Philip K. Dick:

"Reality sucks. The 50´ies suck. I suck. They suck. We all suck."

Meltdown1986, Monday, 12 April 2004 21:14 (eighteen years ago) link

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami:

Likable but slightly cranky fellow´s wife gets screwed by her brother. Likable but slightly cranky fellow goes out to find his cat and screws brother.

Meltdown1986, Monday, 12 April 2004 21:21 (eighteen years ago) link

heavy people meet light people. not even the dog survives.
- the unbearable lightness of being - milan kundera

phips, Monday, 12 April 2004 22:15 (eighteen years ago) link

- motherless brooklyn. jonathan lethem

boy gets to work for mobster boss. boy grows older, is a mobster. mobster boss dies. boy (now mobster) finds out who did it.

maleen, Monday, 12 April 2004 22:26 (eighteen years ago) link

women are toys. being rude to women is cool and everything is perishable except beer.

carolina, Monday, 12 April 2004 22:30 (eighteen years ago) link

- on the road, jack kerouac

women are toys. being rude to women is cool and everything is perishable except beer.

carolina, Monday, 12 April 2004 22:31 (eighteen years ago) link

I got 3 new short summaries for you ;-)

Isaac Asimov - Foundation (Trilogy)

Political business-novel. Scientists fighting over aristrocrats in the galaxy to rebuild it faster.

Neal Stephenson - Cryptonomicon

Techno-Pop and Cyber-Punk. Six different strands of acting (from WW2 up to today) become one. All about cryptography and political issues. Heavy.

Neal Stephenson - Diamond Age

Futuristic cyber-punk. Young girl gets grown up and taught only by an electronic book. Rise and fall of a whole system.

Well thats it ;-)

Sven Wagner, Tuesday, 13 April 2004 07:20 (eighteen years ago) link

the fifth gospel, or the devil's party in moscow.

don't fuck the devil... you might find yourself in odessa

only the good survive... do they?

(master and margerita by mikhail bulgakov)

karmeliter, Tuesday, 13 April 2004 08:25 (eighteen years ago) link

Brother Of Sleep - Robert Schneider

endogamy made me a real good organ player.

drecksack, Tuesday, 13 April 2004 10:12 (eighteen years ago) link

Stupid White Men - Michael Moore

better be white...and rich...or move to europe

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
egg, caterpillar, pupa, butterfly

drecksack, Tuesday, 13 April 2004 10:32 (eighteen years ago) link

You're ugly, you're alone, you're thirsty. You're a SON OF A BITCH on shining wheels!

Andreas Schleicher, Tuesday, 13 April 2004 10:36 (eighteen years ago) link

Ham on Rye - Charles Bukowski

You're ugly, you're alone, you're thirsty. You're a SON OF A BITCH on shining wheels!

Andreas Schleicher, Tuesday, 13 April 2004 10:38 (eighteen years ago) link

Vacuum Diagramms -- Stephen Baxter

500 Billion years, Entropy wins

isnochys, Tuesday, 13 April 2004 10:50 (eighteen years ago) link

Das Boot -- Buchheim

war sucks, life in a submarine, too

isnochys, Tuesday, 13 April 2004 10:55 (eighteen years ago) link

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