War and Pace, 1984 and Great Expectations are among the classic books Britons have pretended to have readClassic books in 140 characters – Telegraph.

   ( Few novels like Jane Eyre – love the work , but I feel the opening line is not sooooo  gr8 , and vice versa – loved the opening line but don’t feel like reading or didn’t like the piece of fiction  )

……………………..62% of people admitted they had falsely claimed to have read a classic literary work. George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four was the top choice for fakers, along with War and Peace, Great Expectations, Lord Of The Rings and Crime and Punishment.

To make it just that little bit easier to bluff your literary knowledge in the digital age, here are the five books in tweet-sized 140-character summaries.

CHARLES DICKENS: GREAT EXPECTATIONS
Pip is poor. Wants to be posh. Old hag raises expectations that are shattered when he finds benefactor is a crook. Heart broken by Estella

 

GEORGE ORWELL: NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR
Big Brother controls all, including truth. Winston Smith falls in love, keeps a secret diary. Punished in Room 101 for ‘thoughtcrime’. Obeys

 

JRR TOLKIEN: LORD OF THE RINGS
Frodo and Hobbit pals take magic ring on quest. Gollum tries to steal ring. Wizard Gandalf is nice, Sauron is nasty. Battles. Ring destroyed

 

FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Raskolnikov, Russian student, may get away with a double murder. Bit guilty. Confesses. Sent to a Siberian prison. Redeemed by love of Sonya

 

LEO TOLSTOY: WAR AND PEACE
Napoleon invades Russia. Russian aristocratic families sent into a tizz. War ensues. French retreat. Russians celebrate. Lots of them marry

 

 

Fav excerpts from30 great opening lines in literature

 

 

< > Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1878)

 

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina (1878)

“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. Whenever you feel like criticising any one, he told me, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby (1925)

Leslie Poles Hartley CBE, known as L. P. Hartley, was best-known for The Go-Between.

“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” L. P. Hartley: The Go-Between (1953)

Samuel Beckett's 1938 novel Murphy

“The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.” Samuel Beckett: Murphy (1938)

J.M Barrie wrote Peter Pan

“All children, except one, grow up.”J.M. Barrie: Peter Pan (1911)

Henry James's Portrait Of A Lady

“Under certain circumstance there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” Henry James: The Portrait of a Lady (1880)

A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens was published in 1859

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.” Charles Dickens: A Tale Of Two Cities (1859)

 

< > J.D Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye was published in 1951

“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.” J.D Salinger: The Catcher In The Rye (1951)

Jean Rhys wrote Wide Sargasso Sea

“They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did.” Jean Rhys: Wide Sargasso Sea (1966)

< > Elmer Gantry is a satirical novel written by Sinclair Lewis in 1926

“Elmer Gantry was drunk. He was eloquently drunk, lovingly and pugnaciously drunk.”Sinclair Lewis: Elmer Gantry (1926)

“I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking.” Christopher Isherwood: Goodbye To Berlin (1939)

“It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.” Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Love in the Time of Cholera (1985)

“Mother died today. Or maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure.” Albert Camus: The Stranger (1946)