Monday, 12 August 2019

Books I had to read in school and didn't like

This prompt from Long and Short Reviews initially made me respond "Every one of them." I think studying English literature at school was a great way to ruin a decent book. (It says something that when I read "To Kill a Mockingbird" under my own steam I liked it, but my friends who had to read it for class hated every word.)

I did, however, come up with three in particular.

Joby - Stan Barstow. According to Amazon this book is supposed to be full of working class themes, but all I remember is being forced to read this book aloud paragraph by paragraph by people who were giggling at the mention of breasts.

The Charlie Barber Treatment - Carole Lloyd. For me this was one of those books the librarian tries to push off on you because it had "meaning", since it deals with a boy who finds love after his mother dies. We did at least finish this one, unlike "Joby", but I found it dreary as hell.

Lord of the Flies - William Golding. This is one I think I might have liked had I not had to read it down to the millimetre. I can remember getting a good mark for an essay comparing Simon and Roger as good and evil. That said, the fact that the plot hinges on using a pair of myopia glasses to make fire - which you can't actually do; you need long-sighted glasses - did rather ruin it for me.

So which books were ruined for you?

12 comments:

  1. I liked Lord of the Flies in high school, but I haven't reread it since and remember little about it.

    Also I had no idea that you couldn't build a fire with the help of myopia glasses. Interesting!

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    1. I think when you have to read any book out loud line by line, it's basically ruined.

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  2. I wasn't a fan of Lord of the Flies and I've tried reading it again since the tot had to read it for school. Still didn't work for me.
    Great post. :-)

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    1. No, it's not something I'd have chosen to read.

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  3. Two of these I've never read... and I forgot Lord of the Flies. I didn't care for it either. My post is live here.

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    1. I think that book is imprinted on my brain after being forced to study it for a year.

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  4. I've not read any of these, but Lord of the Flies is one I've thought about picking up as an adult.

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    1. It might be OK when you're not being forced to analyse every line.

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  5. Lord of the Flies I had to read. I didn't like the ending.

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  6. Lord of the Flies is the only one of those three that I've actually read, and while I found it interesting ("enjoyed" might be too strong a word) I remember that the characters really bothered me. Like, a dozen kids with an island entirely to themselves, and this was the best existence they could come up with?

    My list is here.

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