Posted by Julie at Oct 10, 2012 8:40 am
So because of my daughter’s school, I spent the last week reading a book I’ve been trying to avoid for forty-seven years: Animal Farm. I’d read Orwell’s 1984 and while I enjoyed it at the time because of Orwell’s very simple writing style, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to reading a story about pigs or delving into a metaphor about communist Russia. (YAWN). But I read it and it was…meh. Too long, in my opinion. A little self-indulgent. Probably more relevant back when it was originally written or during the Cold War. But a good example of irony and a cautionary tale for people about listening only to political propaganda and not being educated enough to recognize spin.
The test is on Friday. Hopefully, she’ll do well.
Another book I’ve been avoiding my whole life, successfully so far, is A Catcher in the Rye. I have read about the book–I was an English major after all, with my specialty in American Lit–but nothing about it appeals to me. In my unread opinion, Holden Caulfield’s tale is yet another self-indulgent treatise against “the man” with a whiny lead character. But that’s just my impression. :-)
I’ve read and loved many classics, my favorites being Moby Dick (yes, I read it and I loved it), The Scarlet Letter, The Great Gatsby, Of Mice & Men, The Grapes of Wrath, Sister Carrie, Ethan Frome, The Age of Innocence, Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, a book I always wanted to work into my curriculum as a teacher, but never had the chance.
But I have had a lot of books, so called classics, that I greatly disliked. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man sticks in my brain and the most boring “classic” I ever had to endure, but which I actually finished.
On the popular romance front, I need to confess that not only have I never read Kathleen Woodiwiss, I’ve never wanted to. I’ve had no desire (this is no secret!) to read Twilight or that book about the 49+ levels of color between black and white.
We always talk here about books we’ve read or books we want to read…but what about the books you have NO INTEREST in reading? Do you have a list of books you’re actively trying to avoid?