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100 Word Books

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 31, 2009 2 Comments

100 Word Books is a fun book summary wiki where you can “read a whole book condensed into 100 words or less,” submit your own summaries, and rate the books as well.

It’s rather unsettling for me, at one level, to see such elaborate texts reduced to their very concise skeletal structures…on the other hand, it made me think of how basic these stories are, and how they build so much, and mean so much, from so little…

Here’s a screenshot from The Great Gatsby I found interesting:

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2 Responses to “100 Word Books”

  1. Youki on: 1 February 2009 at 1:42 am

    neat idea, although I wonder how much it can expand with wikipedia around. I went to “The Great Gatsby” on wikipedia and I do like wikipedia’s better. These do seem more entertaining, though. Perhaps a good way to browse through books without feeling like it’s too much “work.”

  2. daveski on: 1 February 2009 at 9:59 am

    I’m with you on the “unsettling” side, unless reading the 100 word version prompted you somehow to WANT to read the whole book…the summary flattens it out so much, it looks like a cheap ad for a Wednesday afternoon soap opera.

    And, if you (the generic user of this site) get to have your name attached to all the ‘reviews’ you write, wouldn’t you be driven to do things like just read the wikipedia summary and then summarize THAT?

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