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Classic Novels Summed Up By Someone Who Has Never Read Them

Despite certain grandiose and easily disprovable claims I sometimes make on first dates, no one has yet managed to read every book in the world. There are simply not enough hours in the day, and that’s fine. It just means we all have gaps in our literary knowledge. Here are a few classic novels, plays, and essays as described by someone who has never read them but WILL EVENTUALLY GET AROUND TO IT, OKAY? IT’S ON MY LIST, I SWEAR.