Friday, January 21, 2011
Literary Blog Hop: January 20 - 23
Discuss a work of literary merit that you hated when you were made to read it in school or university. Why did you dislike it?
First of all, I should state that I have loved almost every book I have ever been made to read for school. Even if I initially don't like a book, the class discussion usually warms me up to it, or at least lets me appreciate it in a literary way. For a split second I was at a loss as to what book to pick, but then I remembered A Separate Peace. A Separate Peace by John Knowles is a novel set during WWII that recounts the experiences of college boys at the time, especially the two main characters Finny and Gene. It is both a coming-of-age story and a story about the long-term life-changing consequences of a single action. That part I can kind of get behind. It's the incessant whining on the part of our narrator, Gene, that I can't stand. He quite literally spends the entire book wallowing in self-pity, guilt, jealousy, and even more self-pity. I wouldn't mind so much except that he isn't even in the war yet. Seriously. People his age are fighting and dying left and right over in Europe, and yet here he is, spending 200 pages whining about his conflicted feelings towards his friend Finny. I'm sorry kid, but I just don't care.
What school-mandated books did you dislike? Let me know in the comments!