Private: 25-word novel summaries

Selections from the 25-word novel summaries at I Love Books have made the Telegraph. From Mark Sanderson’s Literary Life column:

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, for example, has been reduced to: “My next-door neighbour has led a pretty strange life, but he lies half the time. Also, I’m a bit strange.”

Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice, put in a nutshell by one cynic, reads: “High-principled woman who is not so superficial as to be taken in by wealth and good looks chooses the handsome, shaggable one anyway.”

However, to end on an elevated note for once, here is The Bible: “Good opening chapter. Main character arrives halfway through, but gets killed off early. Some decent (if dated) commandments. Cracking ending. Slightly too open to interpretation.”