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on 13 December 2005
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.