Literature class books that you enjoyed aned did not enjoy
I'm kind of curious what books people enjoyed and why, partially for curiosity and partially just for something to talk about (Since a lot of people probably take some sort of literature classes in various years of school.)
I had to read Brave New World and I thank my English teacher for it. I also had to read some Roald Dahl books as a kid (like the witches) and thought they were great. All didn't like the other books I had to read.
I would say that To Kill a Mocking Bird was one of my most memorable reads. I believe that would have been in Sophmore English class. I've always been attracted to stories with sad endings. Everything by Shakespeare was pretty good. I don't know why, but I found Grendel, Of Mice and Men, and The Old Man and the Sea to be rather annoying. For my Junior year, I read The Winds of War and Les Miserables and they are still my favorite novels.
And my favorite short story will always be "The Lottery".
Hmmm some of my favorite from lit classes have been:
"Candide" by Voltaire...heroic, mysterious, awkward/odd/quirky, complicated and yet simple all at once.
"Oedipus Rex" by Socrates (I think?)
"In the Time of the Butterflies"
"Cronica de una muerte anunciada" ("Chronicle of a Death Fortold"...it's available in English) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It's just a different kind of story...Marquez is a very good writer IMO if you ever get the chance to read his stuff.
**From earlier in life/for pure enjoyment books**
"The Giver" (I read this book in the 5th grade, and I have not read again it since then...but I remember being completely engrossed in this story).
The whole "Chronicles of Narnia" series...C.S. Lewis is brilliant
"I Love Everybody (and other atrocious lies)" by Laurie Notaro...it's a chick book, but Notaro is hilarious. I have never read a book that made me laugh uncontrollably out loud. (a.k.a. an airplane ride is not an appropriate place to read this book)
Candide, le grand cahier, huis clos. Come to think of it, I enjoyed most of the literature for the French classes, I just detested the French classes themselves, since I suck at French.
Okay. I didn't enjoy the Joy luck club, about a boy or the great gatsby. To be fair I don't think I managed to read all of great gatsby but our teacher managed to piss me off to such an extent that everything she taught us turned toxic to me. In her praise, she did introduce me to ''the lottery''.
I'm not going to sit here, staring at my screen until I remember more, so that's it. I know we must have read some more, but I remember very little.
Basically because it seemed to represent the future so well.
Worst thing is that over time it becomes more and more real.
The dogs that chased the criminals that appeared on the screens for the viewers to watch. (Just like we now have helicopters in on the chase and filming the action live)
The people that just watched the screens on the walls that surrounded them, never venturing into the real world (Which is pretty much how the internet is going, and we are going to join into it far more yet).
Probably the worst book I reemember being forced upon me in highschool was My Antonia by Willa Cather -- Fantasies inspired by an unrequited love were never so bland. I did learn something important, though--if you want to get a decent grade, reading the teacher is more important than reading the text.