I had to reread Huckleberry Finn for a college literature class. I've always loved that book. Guess I'm one of the few. I also enjoyed Tom Sawyer; I really am a fan of Mark Twain's writing.
It's funny but I really don't remember many of my assigned books in school. I was a rebel, so I never read any of them, just bluffed my way through. That's a shame, really. I hurt no one but myself. The really weird thing is that I read constantly, and have since my mother taught me to read.
Lucy, Wuthering Heights was one of my favorites. I don't mind the odd sad ending; I enjoy a good cry now and then.
Animal Farm, Brave New World and 1984 were all excellent. I still think about all three. My son bought me an animated movie version of Animal Farm for my birthday one year. I need to drag it out and watch it again.
Originally Posted by scarlett530
Funny, I despised Great Expectations and LOVED Red Badge. I will always love Shakespeare.
Ugh- Great Expectations was the worst book ever. I had to sparknote some chapters- it was that bad. In 8th grade, we read To Kill a Mockingbird. I thought that was the WORST BOOK EVER. I hated that book with a passion.
Originally Posted by scarlett530
I had the same reaction to "Lady and the Tiger"
Here are some books we read this year and last year
Of Mice and Men :up
Romeo and Juliet
Cyrano de Bergerac :up
The Kitchen God's Wife
House on Mango Street
Nectar in a Sieve
Lord of the Flies
Taming of the Shrew
All Quiet on the Western Front
Things Fall Apart
The Bean Trees
Where are you going, Where have you been-- very interesting
The Black Cat
Tell Tale Heart
The Use of Force
I do believe that To Kill a Mockingbird was recently named as the greatest work of popular fiction of the 20th century, or some such thing. Even though the subject matter is somewhat dated, the writing is still shines brilliantly, which is why it continues to be taught in schools, Pinkie. :nod
I didn't love all the books I was given to read in school...almost, but not all. I had no love for Crime and Punishment, nor East of Eden (I'm just not a Steinbeck fan) but I appreciate why books like these and Shakespeare's works SHOULD be read. Classic novels are the basis for the student's future love of reading and appreciation of good literature...there are so many references to the classics in popular fiction, movies, and even current news events, it's essential that kids at least try to experience and understand the books that are pushed on them in school.
Don't I sound like a snotty English teacher. :lol I'll make it worse and say that I think all Cliff notes (Coles notes here in Canada) should be burned. I've never looked at one myself. Reading has never been a chore for me, although The Old Man and The Sea came damned close. If teachers are going to make kids read Hemingway, for God's sake pick something with more life to it, like The Sun Also Rises.
Have any of the Americans here read any of our brilliant Canadian writers? Margaret Laurence, Margaret Atwood, Robertson Davies? They are all taught in schools here (although Atwood and Davies are usually considered university material).
ETA: I'm a rabid Austen fan from way back, but I admit Colin Firth as Darcy made P & P even better. :lovestruc It's truly amazing how fabulous that man looks in tights and a ruffled shirt.
Oh, yes, "The Old Man and the Sea." Metaphor for life and all that blah blah blah...a very easy read but I didn't care for it much :lol
AJane, you sound like my 12th grade AP English teacher who would always preach to us the importance of being "well read." I think she was absolutely right and I do appreciate the literature I read, even if I didn't care for it much (I thought Moby Dick was a snoozefest, for example). I actually for a brief moment considered getting my degree as an English teacher, and I actually still toy around with the idea of getting a second degree in English.
I loved all the old literature that I read back in High School. I really enjoyed The Metamorphosis & The Old Man and the Sea.
Some of the other books I really likes were Grapes of Wrath, A Room with a View, A Tale of Two Cities, The River Why, The Twelfth Night (Shakespeare), Candid, and Catcher in the Rye.
One book I remember hating and not being able to finish was Frankenstein. :ohno
Pinkie, I remember Lord of the Flies. My class was the first year my eighth grade english teacher didn't assign that, so I borrowed a class copy anyways and read it in my spare time. Great book! Had a wonderful time pondering if something like that could really happen.
I have found a lot of the books mentioned here online. I'll never have to buy books again! I'm actually out of reading material and this will keep me entertained for a long time. I haven't read any good classic literature for a while.
I loved Huck Finn but didn't like Tom Sawyer. Huck is so much more of a likeable person, and treats Jim like a PERSON.
Pride and Prejudice is my all-time favorite book.
Animal Farm and 1984 are must-read for political conspiracy fans, good social commentary.
I loved O Henry's Gift of the Magi.
Think I might read Turn of the Screw as I missed that one somehow.
I was never much of a Hemingway fan, but I always enjoyed his short story, "Hills Like White Elephants". It showcases a very powerful moment between the two characters.
"The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant was also very moving to me. Poe and Irving were always good for an interesting short story as well. James Joyce never did too much for me.
Two that I particularly hated were "The Rocking Horse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence (who I usually loved) and "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" by Marquez. Blech.
I thought "The Red Badge of Courage" was the worst book I had ever read and I would almost give it that distinction today if I hadn't of also read "The Catcher in the Rye" which I consider the most overrated piece of crap ever written. "The Red Badge of Courage" does hold the unique position of being the only book I ever read that got better in its final chapters. It was heinous until almost the very end, though.
"Jane Eyre" remains one of my favorite classics of all time but "Morte D'Arthur", "The Three Musketeers" and "Don Quixote" are right up there.
I'll probably chime in again before this thread disappears. I'm a HUGE classic lit fan. :blush
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.