Never read "Moby-Dick"?
No problem — cartoonist John Atkinson has you covered.
His one-panel summaries of classic lit are the perfect solution for those who consider even CliffsNotes to be lengthy reading.
Atkinson's tongue-in-cheek nano-synopsis squeezes Herman Melville's nautical classic down into just five words:
"Man vs. whale. Whale wins."
For the record, Atkinson wrote in an email, he has read all the books he summarizes in these cartoons. But now you don't have to.
He's completed two panels so far — covering pretty much everything you read in high school — and has another one planned.
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