The BBC reports on a poll conducted to mark World Book Day in which people confess to having lied about reading particular books…
…to impress someone.
Here’s the toppermost of the poppermost:
- 1984 — George Orwell (42%)
- War and Peace — Leo Tolstoy (31%)
- Ulysses — James Joyce (25%)
- The Bible (24%)
- Madame Bovary — Gustave Flaubert (16%)
- A Brief History of Time — Stephen Hawking (15%)
- Midnight’s Children — Salman Rushdie (14%)
- In Remembrance of Things Past — Marcel Proust (9%)
- Dreams from My Father — Barack Obama (6%)
- The Selfish Gene — Richard Dawkins (6%)
I love the King James Bible. But, as an atheist, I must add: not in that way, vicar.
Nobody would impress me by claiming to have read Midnight’s Children. Indeed, I’d try to get in first by impressing upon them that I virtually threw it out the window after fifty pages of self-important gobbledegook.
Then the person would back away from me, nodding, and find someone less creepy at the party.