It's perfectly true that they're extremely invaluable, as they usually paint an accurate picture of what humans used to be, think and act like in the past. However, it's also true that they've got lots of old, complicated words and above all, lots of pages. Sounds pretty intimidating, right?

But worry no more, because John Atkinson, the awesome cartoonist in charge of, has come up with 12 abridgements that are no longer than three sentences. What's best, John also has a great sense of humor, and that becomes clear once you read his illustrations.

1. War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy

Everyone is sad. It snows.

In Tolstoy's most prominent work, the action takes place in Russia, so what else did you expect?

2. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck

Farming sucks. Road trip! Road trip sucks.

Ladies and gentlemen, here's a great plot idea for a Nobel-winning book.

3. Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes

Guy attacks windmills. Also, he's mad.

Considering that this novel is almost 1000 pages long, we guess we could easily say that the Spanish Golden Age was extremely productive.

4. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway

Lost generation gets drunk. They're still lost. If you think of it, this description may sound like a joke, but in fact, it's pretty much the most accurate summary of Hemingway's novel we've ever read.

5. Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville

Man vs. whale. Whale wins.

Moby-Dick is undoubtedly one of the most invaluable works of American Literature, but we must also admit that Melville's novel also has a plot that's incredibly easy to summarize.

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