Book-A-Minute Classics

By on November 30, 2005

If you’ve got a book report due tomorrow, need the gist of the book you haven’t read, and are good at reading between the lines, check out Book-A-Minute Classics.

We’ve taken all kinds of great works of literature and boiled them down to their essence, extracting all the filler (and believe me, there’s a lot of it sometimes). In just one minute, you can read entire books and learn everything your teachers will expect you to know.

An example, from Crime and Punishment, By Fyodor Dostoevsky:

Raskolnikov: I’m so extraordinary, I can commit crimes.
(kills some people)

Sonia: I’m the spiritual side of Raskolnikov.

Porfiry: I’m the intellectual side of Raskolnikov.

Raskolnikov: I have reconciled the two sides of my personality, represented so well by Sonia and Porfiry.


Kinda reminds me of Father Guido Sarducci and his Five Minute University.



  1. My all-time Book-A-Minute favorite is Xenocide/Children of the Mind:

    Barbara Bova
    Good news, Orson Scott Card! I have sold the Ender trilogy overseas!
    Orson Scott Card
    Count them again, Barbara Bova.
    Barbara Bova
    Horror! On closer inspection, I see there are only two! Quick, you must write a third!
    (He does.)
    This is too long. Split it into two books.
    (He does.)
    These suck. There’s not a single character in here that can make a simple decision without agonizing over it for pages. Fix that.
    (He doesn’t.)

    So true.

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