Thursday, March 8, 2012

Friday Flash 55.....





Feedback Please....

A study guide for the ULTRA-Lazy,
Biff's Notes on Cliff's Notes!
EXAMPLE: Thomas Hardy's Mayor Of Casterbridge.
A drunk sells his wife and daughter to a sailor
for Five Guineas. Years later they remarry.
He is the Mayor and a prosperous merchant. But deceit
and jealousy ruin Everything...He dies alone!

Wadda'ya think?


Hey, who needs to know about how Lies and Guilt causes
overpowering turmoil, or Hardy's omnipresent theme of
Pessimistic Fatalism?
If you or anyone you know has written a Friday Flash 55
Please come tell The G-Man
I will visit, read, enjoy, comment....Then BOOK!!
So from the most Pessimistic host from coast to coast
Have a Kick Ass Week-End!!!

(Of course I read the FULL novel, I don't know where these
old Cliff's Notes came from. Would someone really keep this
crap laying around for 45 years??)

Hehehehehehehe.....

46 comments:

Heaven said...

It has been some time since I read those books. Yes, those notes would be helpful ~

Happy FF 55 ~

http://a-sweetlust.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-far-to-walk.html

Matthew said...

I'm all for abridged versions and cheatsheets......

Happy Friday from that large land mass just up from Antarctica.

I'm up.

hedgewitch said...

Hardy is my pessimistic hero of all time, but I will say, Biff has summed him up rather well there.

I'm playin, with a little double trouble, a form piece for that dVerse Pub place that happens to have 55 words for my Mr G--*and* be a bit of an Aesop's fable meets Animal Farm(not Animal House, G) political rant so fair warning:

Class Warfare

Mama Zen said...

Now, if only they would accept 55 word term papers!

Alice Audrey said...

Sounds like some query letters I've read.

Mine is up

Linc said...

You lost me, G-Man; clearly I have some reading to catch up on.

Mine: Old Man Winter's been fired.
Inquire within.

Nimue said...

Love the notes !
I would like to give them to you for more fun fillers :D

Beauty

Polly Janos said...

I'll have to take Biff's word for it as that is one I hadn't read. Forgive me for speeding on this week's post. I will gladly pay my fine.

I'm over HERE if you care to drop by.

Yvonne Osborne said...

I only read the story of
Tess and, yes, it was a study in pessimistic fatalism. Not feeling too optimistic myself tonight. My 55 words are here

Teresa said...

I confess I had to use the Cliff's Notes for Moby Dick. I just couldn't make it through otherwise. Poor visiting professor from Great Britain thought my paper was brilliant, and I felt a little bit guilty.

Mine is up. http://razzamadazzle.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/the-eye-patch/

Janna said...

I'm completely lost, but that's ok. It's a recurring theme in my life lately.

Thanks for another Friday 55!
Mine's here. :)

MomsJournal said...

Oh 55 words are much too much to read. Could you shorten it up a bit more?

Mine is up! Yes, I played. ;-)

RD said...

HEY G...any shortcut is the long way home !...thanks for the table


I offer you a unique 55 today

Peace ☮
55

Brian Miller said...

you sir are a learned man...cliff was a great study partner back in the day...will be in tomorrow in the AM...

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

Could it possibly be more pessimistic than Jude the Obscure? What would Hardy have done with a Flash 55 assignment? The mind boggles.

Night Road

TALON said...

lol! Where was Biff when I needed him???? :) Loved it, Galen!

My 55: Hobgoblins

Secret Agent Woman said...

I remember reading Cliff notes once, but found it less helpful than whatever the book was.

Bodhirose said...

Great idea...anything to save time and effort!

Thanks for the chuckle...and have a great weekend, G-Man!

http://bodhirose.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/anniversary/

moondustwriter said...
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moondustwriter said...

Hardy tended to lean on pessimism. - he probably wished Cliff or Biff or G Man had been around

A very happy 55
my 55

anthonynorth said...

Ah, all the best classics can be shortened to a few sentences. It's the simplicity that makes them great.
You'll find mine here.

MorningAJ said...

Lots of people keep that kind of stuff for years. (Guilty!)
We have a thing over here called the Reduced Shakespeare Company who manage to fit all of Shakespeare's plays into a single evening's show. I've not managed to get tickets to see them yet, but I'd love to.

My 55 words are here.

Dani said...

Oh don't you look enlightened ...
Cliff and his notes were very good friends of mine in school

my 55

hope all is well with everyone - I've been on the road

Sean Vessey said...

A black spot

Doctor FTSE said...

A fresh look at both stories in in 55 words

Akelamalu said...

I've never read them but now, thanks to your 55, I don't need to. LOL

Mine's up. x

Lydia said...

Oh G, you really make me want to know more about you. You are a book with more than one cover, most definitely!

I never used Cliff's Notes, being steeped in guilt or something like that.

Mine is a 3-Banger this weekend: a Triolet . . .

Best wishes for your weekend. :)


janaki nagaraj said...

Have to read this one...
Mine is here -
http://janukulkarni.blogspot.in/2012/03/ammused.html

Daydreamertoo said...

Notes on notes eh. A bit like my scribblings :)
Mine's here:
Sirens
Have a great weekend Mr G

Other Mary said...

Here is my 55: <h ref="http://writinginthebachs.blogspot.com/2012/03/oops.html") ta da!:(/a)

Other Mary said...

Ok, that didn't go well O.o. I'm trying again:
ta da:

Manicddaily said...

Ha! I really enjoyed this! What I want is to see Biff's Notes to Finnegan's Wake! A wake-up call for sure.

Mine is much more spiritual. (As in old religious traditions.)

http://manicddaily.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/fish-for-friday-flash-55-used-to-be-the-secret-life-of-you-know-what/

And will try making link:

Fish for Friday

Linda said...

Oops, I put this on the wrong post. Let's try this again.

In the end I guess he got was was coming to him.

I'm running on empty these days, but here is my contribution at Roses to Rainbows

Other Mary said...

PS - I ALWAYS read yours! (and chuckle) :o)

Margaret said...

I like to read both... The actual and the notes... Just to make sure I understand it properly. Ha.

Hope to be back next week to play... This "break" is killing me.

Glenn Buttkus said...

Here it is, religion in a sack,
flash 55 for sure:
http://bibliosity.blogspot.com/2012/03/jesus-crackers.html

Nara Malone said...

I think I like your version best, G.

I don't know how I lost a week. I posted on last week's and started commenting. Took me awhile to catch on that it's not March first.

Mine's up: Winter's Weeds

Jannie Funster said...

That's the only way I'd ever read it.

And Teach! I got an apple for you over at my place...

just posted one for you... HERE

xo

izzy said...

Sorry I am late!

Just adore Hardy- not so much Cliff
or Biff notes- glad you read the original ! thanks-
http://izzy-conversing.blogspot.com/2012/03/ff-55-3912-once-upon-long-time.html

Donnetta said...

Galen: Gotta love those Cliff notes. Anything to make it easier!

Mine is up. Believe it or not!

Have a great weekend. D

myheartslovesongs said...

i'd rather just watch the movie...

{just teasing!}

i had to pull out an old one this week, Galen. i hope you don't mind.

http://haikulovesongs.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/lost-in-the-mist-redux/

have a great weekend, G!

Katherine Krige said...
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Katherine Krige said...

What, you haven't had those books for 55 years G? Hmmm...

Ha, it is amazing the crap we keep, isn't it.

I am playing this week!

Baur said...

Awesome blog following!

Lady In Read said...

Mayor of Casterbridge summed up perfectly! have to go read it again now:) my 55 -http://myrandrspace.blogspot.com/2012/03/fun-friday-bingo.html

Lady Whispers said...

Cliff notes ahan...I remember most classmates using it back in grad as I graduated in english lit....but then the full novel enticed me :)

Anyways me participating finally :) here I go
http://whisperingwithwords.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/the-white-shadow/