The digested read

Sunday 9 January 2005

The UK’s Guardian Unlimited has a section called The Digested Read, in which books are reviewed by way of condensing them into a single page in the style of the book itself. The whole thing is then snarkily summed up in a single sentence titled “The digested read ... digested”. Judging by two samples from books I had actually read (Vernon God Little and Life of Pi), for some books they do a pretty good job nailing the tone and subject of the books. For others (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, for example), they seem to settle for mere parody.

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