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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (5 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141047712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141047713
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.2 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Hilarious' -- Sunday Times (Sunday Times)

Wittily irreverent, scandalous, but sure to inspire a cult following -- Daily Mail (Daily Mail)

'An irreverent, profane and sometimes brilliant collection' -- Reuters (Reuters)

'The trouble with Twitter is, I think, that too many twits might make a tw*t' -- David Cameron (David Cameron)

'This is exactly the kind of thing you'd expect University of Chicago students to come up with' -- Professor W J T Mitchell (Professor W J T Mitchell)

'A tool to aid the digestion of great literature' -- Guardian (Guardian)

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Alexander Aciman and Emmett Rensin are undergraduates at the University of Chicago. Alexander's journalism has appeared in The New York Times and New York Sun and Emmett is a contributor to the Huffington Post. They are both less than twenty years old.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By egws on 24 July 2010
Format: Paperback
While I love the idea of this book, I was sorely disappointed by what I actually read. The twitter feed names are often quite humorous, and some of the tweets themselves are good, but on the whole the authors fail to properly capture the right style of either the author or the character tweeting. It's more their versions of the stories rather than the actual stories in twitter form. Love the idea, hate the execution.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Martensgirl on 18 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
The author had a good idea, but failed to deliver. The books all seem to be in the same 'voice', and this becomes tirsome after a while. There is no attempt to capture the essence of each author. Furthermore, the 'tweets' are not tweety enough. Twitter involves far more acronyms, text speak and non-standard prose that this books give- it is merely a collection of sentences limited to 140 characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SocialBookshelves.com on 7 May 2013
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Written by two students from the University of Chicago, the concept behind Twitterature is simple - take a classic piece of literature, break down the structure until it reaches 140 characters and present it as if it was being tweeted. Confused? Here's an example from George Orwell's 1984:

"Met a drab hot girl today. Slipped me a note saying she loved me. Romance is forbidden because everything good in this society is bad. Hmm."

But be warned - if you're a serious fan of literature, you might take objection to the way that these masterpieces have been distilled and re-written with contemporary jargon. And if you're not a Twitter user, you probably won't understand what the fuss is all about anyway. Otherwise, it's worth a read just for the kicks.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Occasional Reader on 19 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
Just bought this as a Christmas present & may need to buy a second copy.
This does what it says on the cover with sharp perception and humour.
As a once-keen reader I tend to wait for the film or TV programme now, but this captures the essence of great works of literature succinctly. You need to know a bit about classical and 20thC literature to get the jokes - it's also an educational guide for those who think only birds tweet. I'd recommend it to my mother's writing group. A great Christmas game would be reading the first lines & others guessing the book.
Last book that made me ROFL was Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones's Diary: A Novel. The film was tosh.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Arnold Magnet on 25 Feb. 2011
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While it is an interesting concept to reduce works of literature to a pithy line, this book does not achieve that. It is somewhat misleading in that there are several rambling pages for the targeted works. More disappointing is the hyper-now (read: locked squarely in 2008) style of writing. The authors' liberal and cliché use of foul-language fails to impress. It further cheapens an already low-value effort.

The cover of the book is pretty. The rest is not so.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Kinniburgh Kid on 16 Feb. 2010
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Nice idea, good cover design, full-marks for cashing in on the Twitter Zeitgeist, but in the end this is nothing more than a fad cash-in book that I was silly enough to fall for thanks to Amazon's recommendation software when I bought something else (Penguin book cover postcards).

Some of these might be funny, or even art, if actually delivered via Twitter, perhaps a novel per day, but in this book form it is little more than a timely stocking filler.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book was brilliant, it summarises some of the best books in history into tweets. Very entertaining, and I will also say, I was able to blag a discussion on one of the books included just through reading the chapter(Dante's Inferno).

It is brilliant, I recommend it to "young professionals" too busy to read a full book, but still wanting to be mentally stimulated.
I was actually amazed what you could capture in a tweet. Many laugh out loud moments. LOVE.
(I liked it in case the review didnt make it obvious)
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