Books/authors you feel obligated to like, but don't?
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(11-06-2010, 07:54 PM)DesperatelySeeking Wrote: We all had to read the "great" authors in high school......Faulkner, Milton, Cervantes, Dickens.  And who liked them then?? Almost any 16 or 17 year old is going to be immensely more worried about getting their driver's license or their next date rhan what Tolstoy had to say about the human condition.  And, even supposing a literary interest, a teenager simply has not lived enough to "get" these authors.  Sadly, high school English has probably done more tkovdecrease interest than increase.  But, picking up one of these authors when you are 30, 40, 50 and you have elittle under your belt can be very rewarding.....in my own case, I utterly loathed Dickens at 16; but, at 35 or so, I forced myself to give him another chance.  And when I did, I wept openly at Oliver Twist.....suffice it to say that I am not noted for sensitivity.

I read A Tale of Two Cities; it was my favorite book when I read it, and it still is. It actually inspired me to find our old collection of "great" books. In addition to the extravagant writing, the setting is one of my favorites in history - although it could have done well with more counterrevolution. Then again, the real event could have done well with more counterrevolution. The only cure is more counterrevolution.

In fact, I think a rereading is in order.
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Re: Books/authors you feel obligated to like, but don't? - by Gladium - 11-06-2010, 09:46 PM



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