"Most Britons have lied about the books they read," according to a Reuters headline. Not surprising, maybe, but it's interesting to look at just which books they lied about. Top five on the list
- 1. 1984 - George Orwell (42 percent)
2. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (31)
3. Ulysses - James Joyce (25)
4. The Bible (24)
5. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert (16)
I'm sure the same is true on the West Bank of the Atlantic, although I suspect the lied-about list would read differently. My guess is that Moby-Dick would be at the top.
One other thing: The chief reason given for lying about books read was to impress someone. Fits in with one of the winners of a recent Washington Post word game. Readers were to take any word and, by changing only one letter, create a new word (with definition). My favorite was "Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid."