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Old 05-20-2020, 10:55 AM
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A Separate Peace - Never read it.

Lord Of The Flies - Can't say I enjoyed it, but it has stuck with me over many years.

The Scarlet Letter - Read it recently and enjoyed it. Can't imagine having liked it one little bit when I was in HS, though I did not read it then.

David Copperfield - LOVE that book. Didn't read it in HS, read "Great Expectations" for class. Which was just OK, but I probably would have liked DC a whole lot more. Due to its length, GE was not a popular choice and neither would DC have been, but I didn't mind long books.

Gatsby - I liked in more in HS than I do now, though I don't hate it now. All that angst was very appealing to my teenage self. Due to its short length, it was VERY popular, second only to "The Outsiders" for books we had to read.

Old man and The Sea - Have not read it. Our Hemingway book was "The Sun Also Rises" which I did not properly appreciate, I think. My experiences were too limited at the time.

The Sound and The Fury - Did not read it. Our Faulkner book was "Light In August" which fueled a lifelong hatred of Faulkner books.
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Catch-22 was actually my first favorite book, before I read Mockingbird
I loved Catch-22. I get the whole military angle, but I also think it's a great metaphor for ANY large bureaucratic organization, so when I read it, it reminds me of some of the large companies I worked for. Rules for the sake of rules, with no thought or logic applied. Frustrating to live through, but great to read about.
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Old 05-20-2020, 11:35 AM
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I loved Catch-22. I get the whole military angle, but I also think it's a great metaphor for ANY large bureaucratic organization, so when I read it, it reminds me of some of the large companies I worked for. Rules for the sake of rules, with no thought or logic applied. Frustrating to live through, but great to read about.
Agreed. The logic flows to many situations. So close to being a Catch 18. 22 works better

I read a few other Heller's after, but they did nothing for me.
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Old 05-20-2020, 11:38 AM
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Lord Of The Flies - Can't say I enjoyed it, but it has stuck with me over many years.
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Started reading Treasure Island. Never read it as a boy, when I was supposed to. Crapload of vernacular unknown to the modern world
OK, finished this a week ago, I think.
It was alright.
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I too hated A Separate Peace and The Great Gatsby. But TGG is next on my re-read list.

My grade 8 teacher thought we were prodigies or something (we were in a "gifted" class), so he made us read Great Expectations, Moby Dick and Who has seen the wind by WO Mitchell (apparently a Canadian classic). GE is on my re-read list, but the other two, I remember loathing. I think, though, that I should add them both to my re-read list.

Others mentioned Lord of the Flies: to me, it was just ok, but like others, I enjoyed the discussions and thoughts around the book more than the book itself.
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I too hated A Separate Peace and The Great Gatsby. But TGG is next on my re-read list.

My grade 8 teacher thought we were prodigies or something (we were in a "gifted" class), so he made us read Great Expectations, Moby Dick and Who has seen the wind by WO Mitchell (apparently a Canadian classic). GE is on my re-read list, but the other two, I remember loathing. I think, though, that I should add them both to my re-read list.

Others mentioned Lord of the Flies: to me, it was just ok, but like others, I enjoyed the discussions and thoughts around the book more than the book itself.
I enjoyed Moby Dick, but I could see not if I read it as a kid and on a schedule
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The novels from high school that I detested [and remember]: A Separate Peace, Lord of the Flies, The Scarlet Letter, David Copperfield, Great Gatsby, The Old Man and the Sea, The Sound and the Fury

Of those books, the only one I went back to and enjoyed was Copperfield.

that said, maybe I should try Hemingway again. But a different book.
I remember hating A Separate Peace at the time and have considered going back to it thinking they must have had us read it for a reason. I'm pretty sure The Scarlet Letter is the only other one from the list we were forced to read, so I apparently was lucky in their choices.

The other one from school I really didn't like was Father and Son by Edmund Gosse, which was from an English class I took in college. 300 pages building to "G*d damn", as I remember it. I've since heard it is full of subtle wit, but I must have been oblivious to it.
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I enjoyed Moby Dick, but I could see not if I read it as a kid and on a schedule
I feel like maybe we give the early American novelists a free boost because there were no smart people in America for a while. Melville, Twain, Hawthorne, Crane were all pretty meh, but we want to read books from back then.
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David Copperfield - LOVE that book. Didn't read it in HS, read "Great Expectations" for class. Which was just OK, but I probably would have liked DC a whole lot more. Due to its length, GE was not a popular choice and neither would DC have been, but I didn't mind long books.
GE is one Dickens's shortest novels. [Oliver Twist, Tale of Two Cities, and Hard Times are shorter]

DC is his longest.
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