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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #20 - Imaginative Masterpieces

(Thanks to Jenn of Enjoying the Ride for the nifty T-13 graphic)

13 Masterpieces of World Literature
as imagined by Gyles Brandreth
in 'The Joy of Lex'

1. OF MICE AND ME - the autobiography of Walt Disney

2. THE FORESIGHT SAGA - The remarkable story of precognition by a man who is able to predict not only the invention of television and paperbacks, but that he will clean up on the royalties he earns from both. Ironically, he dies before his prophecies are fulfilled (26 volumes).

3. GONE WITH THE WING - The true story of a World War II Air Force amputee. A companion volume 'REACH FOR THE STY', autobiography of a pig breeder who become a Battle of Britain pilot, but yearns for his old life. "A rattling yarn of muck and bullets" says The Pig Breeder's Gazette.

4. GRIME AND PUNISHMENT - The prison memoirs of a chimney sweep.

5. THE TALE OF PETER RABBI - The most delightful of Beatrix Potter's stories, loved by children of all lands, especially Israel.

6. ENEMA - Arguably Jane Austen's finest novel. "Purgative" (New York Times).

7. MADAME OVARY - The powerful story of a French woman's struggle to become the first female gynecologist. She fails, and becomes the first female steeplejack instead.

8. OF HUMAN BANDAGE - The life of Florence Nightingale. "Had me in stitches." (New Yorker).

9. LORD OF THE RUNGS - The ultimate handbook for social climbers.

10. AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY WAYS - Eighty novel methods of circumnavigating the globe. "Some such as 'skateboard across the Sahara' and 'hang-glide over the Himalayas' are a bit far-fetched, but on the whole I enjoyed this book immensely" (Thor Heyerdahl).

11. SWISH FAMILY ROBINSON - The biography of the effete family which dominated an artistic community in the 1930s.

12. EIGHTEEN NINETY-FOUR - Orwell's famous 'utopian' novel, unique in being set in the past.

13. THE LUNCHPACK OF NOTRE DAME - Victor Hugo's startling tale of a group of insane gourmets who decide to eat themselves to death within the sacred precinct of Notre Dame. With recipes.

In case you missed them
I shared awards in these three recent posts:
One Single Impression (WW) with Awards
Fun Monday/Meme Monday & Awards
T-13 Modified Meme & Awards

(For other posts with awards, click on the 'award' label
here at Small Reflections and also at
Sacred Ruminations)

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I left for YOU!

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Thought for Today
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Anonymous said...

I'm reading along thinking... gosh these SOUND familiar! lol! What a creative TT! I like it!

Happy TT!

Susan Demeter said...

These are too funny!!! Thanks for the smile :) Happy TT

Mia Celeste said...

Your 13 are too fun. I want to read the Lunchpack of Notre Dame, but I probably should read Lord of the Rungs first.

DrillerAA said...

Great list. I know a few folks that have apparently purchased "Lord of the Rungs". It's not working for them.

Phyl said...

Love your TT!

Consider yourself MUGGED~ Go here to learn more:

Unknown said...

Outstanding. One of the best posts I've read in a long time.

Denise Patrick said...

I laughed way too hard over these!

Happy TT!

Kaige said...

Cute list! I really liked the Lord of the Rungs. Hehe.

Happy TT!

storyteller said...

Claudia and Sue – Thanks for your positive reactions to my T-13 today. I’m happy to make you both laugh. I also want to let you know that you arrived before I added my ‘links’ to previous ‘award’ posts … so (I’m hoping you checked the little box to receive follow up comments in email) you might want to return to check them out because there may be something you’d like to ‘snag’ and share on your blogs ;--)

Brenda – Those are two of my favorites as well!

Driller – LOL … you’re too funny! LOL

Phyl – Thanks … I’ll check it out as time permits.

LceeL – Wow! That’s high praise today and I appreciate it greatly.

Denise – I’m happy to know that was your reaction.

Kaige – I almost missed your comment because you left it as I was composing my responses to the previous comments. I’m glad I noticed it while I was previewing and I'm glad you enjoyed my T-13 today.

Thanks to each of you for visiting today and leaving such lovely comments behind. I hope you took time to click on the ‘awards’ links and ‘snagged’ copies of one or more to enjoy and share.
Hugs and blessings,

Anonymous said...

LOL! What a hoot!

I'm here:http://aliceaudrey.wordpress.com/2008/04/16/thursday-thirteen-23-sounds-from-around-the-house/

Akelamalu said...

Very clever and very funny!

maryt/theteach said...

These are so good! Wonderful reading! LOL!

The Gal Herself said...

#7 and #8 are my favorites. Thanks for the smiles! (And thanks for visiting my TT)

Joyce said...

That is truly WEIRD, but so creative! I think that would be more difficult than writing a haiku.
Very funny!I would like to begin with The Tale of Peter Rabbi. :)

Holly said...

I've read one of them.... (well I bet someone would have said that if they only half read the post...LOL!)

Very imaginative TT-13! Good job.



Maude Lynn said...

This is hilarious!

Di said...

Grime and Punishment...sounds like my house!

storyteller said...

Alice Audrey – I’m happy you found them so and appreciate the link back to your blog.

Akelamalu – Thanks … I wish I could take credit for doing more than ‘finding’ them ;--)

the teach – I’m glad you were entertained by my T-13 today.

The Gal Herself – You’re quite welcome. Visiting yours was my pleasure. I suspected those two might appeal to many women ;--)

Joyce – Heheh … well, underneath the title I did give credit to Gyles Brandeth who published these (along with a few others) in a book entitled THE JOY OF LEX, so (although I do write my own Haiku) I did no more than transcribe these.

Holly – Hahaha!!! That would have been a funny comment indeed ;--)

Mama Zen – I’m delighted to share!

How fun to find all your comments this afternoon. Thanks so much for spending a bit of your day here at Small Reflections.
Hugs and blessings,

Baba said...

Wow... what a list.. I was going to buy some of these books, since I am a nurse... the one of Florence Nightingale....of human bandage... too cute.... thanks for your visit to my place today..

NicciN said...

Thanks for the list. I needed a laugh today. Been way too busy.

Anonymous said...

This is my kind of fun. I think I'm a word freak too who finds Joy in the lex.

Lori said...

I havent read any of them:( I will have to check some of them out and see if they are my cup of Tea:) Happy TT and thanks for stopping by.

Eve said...

You gotta know I love word-play and punnage. These are great.

I put up the button that says I dropped out because I missed a few day when I had the flu. Jientje keeps telling me I've put up enough double and triple blogs on other days to cover the ones I've missed. I'm still trying to blog every day, but I'm not sure I'm still meeting the rules. So both buttons remain. Does that make sense to anyone but me?

Jane said...

Thanks for visiting my TT and blog. You are right - we DO have a lot in common. Just read your TT list and laughed out loud. That's saying a heck of a lot as I've just gotten home from an almost 3 hour parish council meeting. I take the minutes and it was a 5 page night with more motions than a water bed. (Which is also the reason I said heck instead of hell!)
I will be back soon to visit and read again, but right now I need to get to bed - that's where i do my BEST reading. Hmmm, feeling like a little Grime and Punishment!

RW said...

Awesome list ST! I been like you to this week crazy busy but here comes the weekend "woohoo"! :D

Anonymous said...

He's a witty fellow, that Gyles!

Anonymous said...

Great post... good for a laugh. One can never have too many laughs, lol.

Anonymous said...

Whoof!! This is a woofenderful post. Thanks fur sharing it woof us.

storyteller said...

Di – Mine too ;--)
I almost missed your comment because I must have been leaving responses to the previous visitors while you were sending yours. I’m glad I noticed it this morning ;--)

Baba – Heheh … I wondered if anyone would ‘skim’ the list and miss the ‘tongue in cheek’ nature of these descriptions. It’s an easy error when trying to visit lots of T-13s. Guess I didn’t ‘catch’ you and I’m happy to provide some laughter today.

Yertle – I’m happy to help out always! Hope you can
S L O W D O W N soon ;--)

Colleen – It’s a book filled with lots of ‘fun’ stuph like this. It’s one of the few things from my classroom that I kept when I retired a few years back.

Lori – Hahaha … I’m not sure you’ll find them anywhere but here (and in THE JOY OF LEX of course)!

Eve – ‘Punnage’ is a wonderful word! I’ll have to remember that one. As for the buttons … I understand completely. I also concur with Jientje. I’m sure you have enough posts to qualify for one a day since January 1st … but since having both buttons in your sidebar ‘works’ for you … just let them be ;--)

HazelNut – You’re welcome … and I’m sure I’ll be back as time permits. I’m delighted to have generated some ‘comic relief’ after your ‘challenging meeting of motions’ …(love the image in your comment)… and hope you had a pleasant evening of reading in bed.

Roger – Thanks … some weeks are like that … but most things do pass away.

Nicholas – He certainly is ;--)

Alice – I couldn’t agree more!!! Laughter is good medicine … in fact I used that theme for an OSI post a while back at Sacred Ruminations.

Reba – Molly’s delighted you stopped by and definitely wants a ‘play date’ … her tail is going a mile a minute looking over my shoulder as I type!

I appreciate each of you visiting my T-13 this week and sharing your reactions in comments. I hope you ‘snagged’ some ‘bling’ to enjoy and share with others … and that you have a fantastic Friday!
Hugs and blessings,

Tina Coruth said...

These are hilarious! Thank you for the laughs!

Karen said...

Hilarious, Storyteller--I definitely need a laugh today (see previous entry's comment)!

Neen said...

Those are really cute.

storyteller said...

Tina – You’re quite welcome … I’m happy you enjoyed them and thanks for the ‘catch up’ visits to multiple posts today. I hope the ‘links’ in my Friday Haiku work for you this weekend … and remember that there are more links in my 2nd Haiku at Sacred Ruminations ;--)

Karen – Yup … sounds like you do, but I sincerely hope Nathan’s feeling better and that you’re relaxed enough to enjoy the visit from your in-laws ;--)

Neen – I’m glad you think so.

I appreciate each of you visiting Small Reflections and leaving a comment on my T-13 this week. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs and blessings,

Juliana RW said...

thanks for dropping by T13. Hope you join with my time schedule tag...

storyteller said...

PicturingOfLife – It was my pleasure to do so. I’m giving some thought to your ‘tag’ but don’t know when (or if) I’ll get to it because I have a huge backlog of tags … but I’ll let you know if I do ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

KC said...

:) this was great..
Happy T13

storyteller said...

KC-- Thanks ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

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