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4.0 out of 5 stars Occasionally inspired, 13 Dec 2005
This review is from: One Hundred Great Books in Haiku (Hardcover)
It’s a bit of a frivolous exercise, attempting to encapsulate 100 great novels into seventeen syllables each but it is good fun.
The haiku are often just OK but occasionally they are simply inspired. Most of the haiku made me smile but some had me roaring with laughter. As a test, I read a number of the haiku to colleagues: the reaction was much the same – most elicited smiles but some were greeted with hoots of laughter.
Interestingly, different people found different haiku funny. I suspect that one’s enjoyment of this book is determined by one’s familiarity with the books used as the basis for the haiku. Most of the books are well known (even if they are not all widely read) and most readers should be familiar with the majority.
A good present and a couple of hours of entertainment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The soul of wit, 27 Jun 2011
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This is a VERY funny book and one which made me and lots of very literate friends laugh out loud. Some of the haikus really do encapsulate the essence of long, classical works, others comment on the pretentiousness which surrounds them. My particular favourite is his haiku version of Gibbon's Decline and Fall.... Don't read this in public as loud laughter can look like insanity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a friend, 2 Jan 2014
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Having seen a copy of this book in the local library, I knew it was just the thing to buy for a friend of mine. Quirky, funny, well presented. What sold it to me was the Haiku which condenses Copernicus' assertion that the earth orbits the sun into three concise and quite beautiful lines.

I considered starring it as four rather than five because I haven't read the whole thing. But certainly I was very pleased with it as a gift for my friend. It arrived in good condition and in a timely manner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 Aug 2014
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Very funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haiku review, 2 Mar 2010
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