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A confession

I realize this will probably get my English degree revoked, and maybe even bar me from practicing librarianship ever again, but -

I never liked "Catcher in the Rye."

In fact, truth be told, I hated Catcher in the Rye.  I was forced to read it in 9th grade English class, and loathed every page.  I never liked reading books about whiny adolescents even when I was one.  

"Masterpiece of Amerian literature," my arse.


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Jan. 29th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
*shrug* Never read it. Haven't even seen the movie.
Jan. 29th, 2010 11:40 am (UTC)
You haven't missed much.
Jan. 29th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
I kind of figured that. Frankly, even the peope gushing about it made it sound gagworthy.
Jan. 29th, 2010 07:42 am (UTC)
I dunno; I liked that one when I was studying in the US (I had that one in 10th grade). Might have been something to do with the teacher in my case, though - my 10th grade English teacher had the unerring ability to flag up bits of a book that might engage a reader. Unlike my 9th grade English teacher, who dissected The Merchant of Venice as carefully and thoroughly as one might a new species of butterfly, with similar results (killing all the beauty and function, leaving a carefully labelled pile of gunk behind).
Jan. 29th, 2010 11:41 am (UTC)
Your 9th grade English teacher sounds like my 9th grade English teacher - just substitute Romeo & Juliet for Merchant.
Jan. 29th, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's a prerequisite of 9th grade English teachers? You know, to run a pupil through a gauntlet - if you manage to survive that with a liking for Shakespeare intact, you're ready to study English Lit past high school. Or something. All I know is that I may have possibly mentioned to him at some point that taking Shakespeare's plays away from a stage setting is a little like trying to plant orchids in the desert. I paraphrase, but that's the gist. He ... didn't like me very much.
Jan. 29th, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC)
*snork* Mine didn't like me very much, either. But that might've had something to do with my writing in class instead of, y'know, paying attention to him.
Jan. 29th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
You know, if you flunk a semester of 9th grade English, they put you in bone-head English for most of the rest of your high school career and you get to skip most of that crap.

Of course, that is if you survive the VERY ANGRY MOTHER. Something my 14-year old nephew is getting a taste of right now, for the very same reason.
Jan. 29th, 2010 09:29 am (UTC)
Oh thank christ, I thought it was just me. That book was a wall book for me. Interestingly, it WASN'T one of the books we studied for American Lit at Uni. I can only assume my lecturers had taste :P
Jan. 29th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)
Yeah, totally a wall book.

*waits for mob with torches & pitchforks*
Jan. 30th, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
I think that part of the reason these books wind up hitting the wall is because there's no way most of them can live up to the years of hype surrounding them, even if they're halfway decent books.

So far, of the ones I've tried reading as an adult, only To Kill A Mockingbird hasn't left rolling my eyes and wondering why I bothered.
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Jan. 31st, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
I never read that one, but there were one or two that were much better than I remembered.

Sadly, Gone With The Wind was not one of them.
Jan. 31st, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
*frown* How'd that happen?
Jan. 29th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
I've never read it, and was considering picking it up, but now... not so much.

Funny how certain celebrated writers (or maybe all celebrated writers) end up being hurled against a wall by readers. For me, it's Margaret Atwood. I was subjected to her novel Surfacing not once but twice in university, and that one book convinced me never to read Atwood again. Not even A Handmaid's Tale. :-p
Jan. 29th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
*snork* A Handmaid's Tale is one that I've actually read, oddly enough. And while I didn't feel the need to hurl it at wall, I felt no desire to repeat the experience by reading any of her other books.
Jan. 30th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
*nods* That's pretty much how I felt about it, too.
Jan. 30th, 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
There are a lot of "classics" that confuse me. I get that they were a big deal for their day, but time and styles change and there are some books they just need to let go. All they're doing is alienating kids from reading anything more complex than a comic book (which is not to knock comic books, I still have thousands of them tucked around my house, but they aren't great literature.)
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