PJ's post about great books that are in truth tedious put me in mind of David Lodge's book Changing Places. Anyone remember that one? Dinner party at Euphoria University, Swallow proposes a brisk game of "Humiliation." The rule is you compete to name the classics of literature you haven't read. The greater the work, the higher the score. Ambitious Euphoria Professor Howard Ringbaum, seized by a spasm of competitiveness, bursts out that he's never read Hamlet, thus handily winning the game.
Because I've actually read that book, cover to cover, I know the punchline, so I'm sure not going to play. However, I encourage those of you who haven't read it to jump right in.
(I've read Hamlet, too, if you're wondering.)