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#41 CeremonyNewOrder

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 11:15 PM

I agree with everyone about Ayn Rand. I nominate Their Eyes Were Watching God.

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 12:31 AM

toss up between    she's come undone   and  a tale of two cities

 

both books were horrifyingly awful in their own way

 

oh one book I didn't even make it 30pages into was  I think called the   Mason Dixon Line or something - there were so many grammatical errors that as a middle school kid I was picking them out.........my parents tried to read it as well  and yea none of us could stomach the idiocy


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Posted 04 July 2014 - 12:50 AM

More, Now, Again by Elizabeth Wurtzel.


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Posted 04 July 2014 - 01:03 AM

I loathe Wally Lamb. And Jonathan Franzen.

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 06:11 PM

Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad


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#46 helloheartbreak

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 10:45 PM

Worst that I've read to the bitter end - A Million Little Pieces by James Frey, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Fury by Salman Rushdie, The Time Travellers's Wife by Audrey Niffennegger, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

On the other hand, I love Jonathan Franzen and Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon. Good thing we have so many books in the world to choose from!
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Posted 05 July 2014 - 11:36 AM

toss up between    she's come undone 

 

 

I thought I was the only one who hated that book. It seems like everyone always raves about it, and Wally Lamb. It stuck with me, but not in a good way.

 

To the poster who said The Old Man and the Sea, I agree with you. That book was torture in high school. And some of my favorite books are by Hemingway.


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Posted 06 July 2014 - 04:51 AM

I hated Catcher in the Rye as a student, but I really came to love it after teaching it. The framework is a little chaotic, and there are crucial plot points sort of hidden in the story if you don't pay attention (which bored students usually don't). But I really already liked JD Salinger, especially the Glass family stories. I wrote about "A Perfect Day for Banana Fish" for the essay for my college application.

 

Oh yeah, Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace. It was soporific. And so, my literary bona fides crumble around me.


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Posted 07 July 2014 - 12:28 PM

Had to read Around The World In 80 Days in middle school.
Loathed it.
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Posted 07 July 2014 - 12:57 PM

The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood. There are no words.

 

Then, anything by Nadine Gordimer I was forced to read at university.  Most pretentiously boring and overrated Novel Prize winner in existence.


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Posted 07 July 2014 - 09:23 PM

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach.  That book sucked shit. 


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Posted 08 July 2014 - 11:41 AM

Funny, I liked " their eyes were watching God.". I was really pissed off when I finished "the sound and the fury". I worked my way through all the stream of consciousness and felt no payback whatsoever. Really annoying.

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 01:50 PM

" Of Human Bondage" Somerset Maugham, 1915. I read this forever ago  and felt it was a long boring read.  Furthermore, the I felt the author just wallows in self pity. All I gained from this book was a healthy dislike of the author.



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Posted 08 July 2014 - 03:07 PM

I agree completely with Tatiana. Hard Times by Charles Dickens. I have a rule that I don't read any book more than 300 pages because I don't have that much time in my life. I read that book in HS. So, it was reading up to 300, and then getting cliff notes because my family did not have a personal computer or modem that would have been in use for 1989ish.  And then writing a report on it for my world history teacher. Yes, she made us read fiction books. And I agreed with her point. We can learn a lot about history from fiction written during that time. Hard Times was extra credit for failing one of Dickens other books and I've completely erased that out of my memory.  

 

If I was a character in that book I would have killed myself before it started.

 

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 06:12 PM

Twighlight. By far. It doesn't help that I hate vampires, romance, and love stories.


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Posted 10 July 2014 - 01:38 AM

DB, I taught Western Civilization, and I made my kids read literature, and if possible showed movies of plays. It absolutely humanizes history. I had flexibility, because I taught at private schools.

 

I had a unit on Daughter of Time, which pits the two theories of whether Richard III was evil, or falsely usurped, against each other. Then we had a "trial" where lawyers questioned the characters, to get their side of the story. I was convinced of which side was correct, until my students did their trials. Now I'm not sure. But the point of the exercise was that contrary to belief, history is not written in stone, and to learn to read skeptically.

 

We read a story from Dubliners, one of the less opaque ones. Hamlet, because it is crammed with contemporary politics of the Tudor Era. And some poetry, I think all of it American, to be honest. I am also am really weak in18th century lit. They read Pride and Prejudice in English class. We did try to coordinate with each other, when possible.

 

I also taught English. I freaked my FIL out when we discussed the Mayor of Casterbridge after he had just read it, and he hadn't realized any of the points I raised. Heheh.

 

For Western Civ, we also watched Sister Wendy. The kids lurved her, they liked to watch each episode of her show several times.


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Posted 10 July 2014 - 04:21 PM

 

For Western Civ, we also watched Sister Wendy. The kids lurved her, they liked to watch each episode of her show several times.

Sister Wendy! Who doesn't love Sister Wendy?


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 03:50 PM

I've read quite a few books to the end, hoping they'd get better, but they never do. The most recent one that springs to mind is Gone Girl. The first part was quite good, the middle rapidly declined, and the ending was just horrid. I've heard that the movie version of the book will be out soon and that they've completely changed the ending. So it may be the rare case where the movie outshines the book.


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