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And by Edward Picot

Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South, with all the important bits removed. 

The house was full of packing-cases. Even the pretty lawn at the side was to pack up, stiffly and slowly, through the bare echoing November. The very robin that her father had so often made, with his own hands, more gorgeous than ever; amber and golden; here, at this bed of thyme, began to speak of carrots. The grand inarticulate mighty roar.


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And on And on . . .

By S. D. Youngren, author of Rowena's Page

Jan 13, 2010: I’m rating this a 2 instead of a 1 because I know that some people happen to be amused by disjointed irrelevancies that are not meant to make any sense at all. But this is a specialized taste, and most readers find such things unrewarding. If you’re in the first group, by all means read “And.” Otherwise, pass it by.

“And” started out as an Elizabeth Gaskell novel (which I admit I haven’t yet read) called North and South. “And” happened [more . . .]

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Confused, or confusing?

By Von, member

Dec 10, 2009: I am afraid that I need a translator for this book, I completely don’t understand it. Perhaps if I did it would be funny, but I don’t, so it isn’t. An example passage that leaves me confused:

"Mr Henry Lennox." Margaret went forward. "I want to ask you." "Oh!" said he. "I thought it my duty . . . I believe I have a little . . . Yes, here it is." "Oh! Diminutive!" "Thank you."

Perhaps the author can [more . . .]

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Half-Smothered Under a Chandelier

By Tahjir, member

Jan 4, 2010: AND is the exact opposite of a well-carried out abridging job. Instead of removing the extra details and that sort of thing, the "author" has removed everything important and left the extras behind.

And, for some bizarre reason, it’s incredibly funny. As tattered and random as it is there is a certain poetic, vaguely Victorian feel to the prose, which clashes with the random-ness of it all:

"Margaret made little plans for [more . . .]

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