Literature is long. Comics are short.
Does Proust get you down? Do you find The Unbearable Lightness of Being
simply unbearable? Is The Inferno
your own private hell? Do you long to be conversant about classics like Moby Dick
, the Bhagavad Gita, Madame Bovary
, and, um, Twilight
Bestselling illustrator Lisa Brown (The Airport Book
; Baby, Mix Me a Drink
) did her homework. Long Story Short
offers 100 pithy and skewering three-panel literary summaries, from curriculum classics like Don Quixote
, Lord of the Flies
, and Jane Eyre
to modern favorites like Beloved
, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
, and Atonement
, conveniently organized by subjects including "Love," "Sex," "Death," and "Female Trouble." Lisa Brown's Long Story Short
is the perfect way to turn a traipse through what your English teacher called "the canon" into a frolic--or to happily cram for the next occasion that requires you to appear bookish and well-read.
"You probably began this quarantine with dreams of rereading Moby-Dick
. But if you're like me, you're finding it hard to concentrate on anything more than a tweet. Fortunately, Lisa Brown has just published Long Story Short
, a witty collection of cartoon book reviews."
--Ron Charles, The Washington Post
"It's lighter than CliffsNotes and quite possibly more entertaining than the originals (the horror, the horror!)"