Too busy to read? Jason Huff has a solution. His AutoSummarize project uses Microsoft Word's feature of the same name to boil classics of literature down to ten simple sentences.
For example, Clippy thinks that The Illiad can best be summed up as "Gods! Gods! Gods! Hector! Gods! Gods! Hector! Gods! Gods! God!"
Huff has compiled his summaries in a book, or you can see them in a PDF here. (Thanks to Taylor A. for the find.)--David E