Can you remembered what books you studied in school?

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Postby benj » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:28 pm

highschool was

love in the time of cholera
ethan frome
catch 22
slaughterhouse 5
wuthering heights
odyssey
of mice and men
catcher in the Rye
great expectations
Heart of Darkness
1984
pride and prejudice
Brave New World
to kill a mockingbird
the stranger
scarlet letter
gatsby
joy luck club
death of a salesman
glass menagerie
all the usual shakespeare
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Postby benj » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:36 pm

actually 1984 and the stranger were outside of class

and catcher + of mice and men mighta been 8th grade..
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Postby hadlex » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:38 pm

But the real question is, which ones did you actually read all the way through?
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Postby A-Ok » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:42 pm

All I remember from a rural high school and an asian american literature class in college.

high school:
romeo and juliet
cold sassy tree
grapes of wrath
separate peace
scarlet letter
to kill a mockingbird
of mice and men
the great Gatsby

college:
blu's hanging
a gesture life
m. butterfly
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Postby chairkicker » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:59 pm

elementary:
bridge to terabithia
island of blue dolphins
the lion, the witch and the wardrobe
flowers for algernon
the twits
some other stuff, maybe maniac magee


middle school:
mrs frisby and the rats of nimh
summer of the monkeys
the outsiders
to kill a mockingbird (i think? maybe high school)
johnny tremain
the diary of anne frank
and then there were none

high school:
romeo and juliet
othello
the taming of the shrew
of mice and men
the scarlet letter
all the king's men
animal farm
the odyssey
the iliad
sir gawain and the green knight
the jungle
walden
civil disobedience
things fall apart
night
wuthering heights
the great gatsby
a tale of two cities
native son
emma
madame bovary
candide
silas marner
immortality
cat's cradle
the metamorphosis
all quiet on the western front
bartleby, if that counts
anna karenina

no college

this is one of those showoff threads, right?
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Postby chairkicker » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:06 pm

i think we did canterbury tales too but i don't think i read them

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Postby Spoilt Victorian Child » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:27 pm

I think I'll be able to remember a pretty high percentage but it's going to take some doing.
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Postby Chyet » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:36 pm

Elementary School-
Had advanced library card, red about sharks and dinosaurs, and about drawing sharks and dinosaurs

Middle School-
Only recall White Fang. Was written up because I finished it in the first day or two instead of with the class and ended up failing my quizzes. Plus it was a six week period with no homework turned in.

High School-
Not a lot. I feel like I read Animal Farm and Frankenstein every year.
1984.
Some of Beowulf, some Shakespeare.
Diary of Anne Frank

College-
do you mean fiction? I didn't do much of that
Red Scarf Girl
Crime and Punishment
The Cat and the Margarita
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Postby rushedbehind » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:39 pm

goddamn what kind of a teacher prescribes anna karenina
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Postby Milk » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:41 pm

We didn't technically have books to study in high School but the last year i was in advanced french (obvs that's my native so it's like english class for you) and we were that year given books to read except it wasn't the whole class reading the same book, in fact we all 30 or so of us had different books to read. I think he reason why is they didn't want to make us buy books and certainly didn't want to have to order loads of copies of the same so they made their picks from the library books (well they curated the list of what we could pick) but obviously most of these didn't have more than one or two or three copies. Then we had to write a like, i don't know, 3 or 4 pages critic/review/resume.

ANYWAY

That year i read

Le Zèbre by Alexandre Jardin

A massive hit in the late 80's in the french speaking world (1988 i think?), they made a movie of it it seems almost instantly, it won the Femina prize and its author who was only 24 became an overnight sensation, it's a rather mainstream book about this family man who makes up all sorts of elaborate plans to keep the hmm...flame alive in his couple. Turns out Jardin would mostly just write books about love and he soon earned the scorn of literary critics for it.


L'avalée des avalés by Réjean Ducharme

An absolute classic of french canadian literature and a great great book. Ducharme's first also incidentally published at age 24 (precocious people like this make me sick) in 1966, which he couldn't get published in Quebec so he sent his manuscript to France and wouldn't you know it, they not only published it but they gave him the Goncourt. I don't know if it's been translated but it's one of those that shouldn't really be unfortunately. It's so peculiar and has it own language. I remember my teacher that year when i picked that book being all condescending about it like "oh i don't know if you'll get it" Yeah fuck you too. Ducharme is a bit of a mythical figure in Quebec, despite publishing several books, writing at least one movie script (Les Bons Debarras which is also a french-canadian classic) and a few plays he, outside of very early pictures, never appeared in media, or on tv or anywhere. Early on suspicions of him being a pseudonym for someone more famous arose. He was a recluse a bit like Salinger but as far as i know without the shittiness. He died last year. In short the story (it's not really about the story though) is about this extremely eccentric teenage jewish girl who lives on an island with her also fairly eccentric family and...ah well i can't even get into it. She's in love with her brother a lot, she hates her mom, she gets sent away, lots of stuff happens, she ends up a zionist war hero in Israel for killing palestinians. It's complicated.


Race de Monde - Victor Levy Beaulieu

Technically another french canadian classic albeit a bit minor. Published in 1968, This fucking guy..... he ended up writing tv series for like 30 years and they all were basically soaps but his novels, at least his early ones, are acclaimed. They made a tv series out of this for 3 seasons and i was very wtf when i learned it reading it because it's uh....it's..well...you sure can't put that on tv. Must have been HEAVILY adapted. There's children having sex in this. It's very absurdist and Rabelaisesque. I also thought it was terrible but maybe i'd change my mind about it now. It just sounded to me like some guy writing whatever crosses his mind cause that sounds like a good idea.



And in the 3 months i was in college i read in the literature clash i had

Le Chevalier au Lion - Chretien de Troyes (a very early novelist, well poet more like i guess, but considered novels all the same, this book is from 1180...naturally they gave us the modern french version though i remember the old french being also included)
Phedre - Jean Racine (a 17th century play)
Le bourgeois Gentilhomme - Molière (also a 17th century play)
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Postby Milk » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:42 pm

I also remember that we had to read a short story and also write an analysis in that last high school year but i never found that book of short stories again (actually i think i did but forgot now) but it was all very messed up short stories. One involved a fireman finding the body of a dead teen girl in a river and necrophilizing (that's probably not a verb) it every which way.........yeah they had that in our school library.... :? .... I chose one in which two sisters, i think children or early teens as i remember it, kill their mother and watch seagulls eat her. It was actually the least fucked up story in the book. I wasn't gonna write anything on a necrophiliac fireman, no thank you.

For the record i dont think that short stories book i picked had been curated by the teachers at all. I think we just had to get any book with short stories at the school library and write something about any of the short story found within. It's fucked up when i think of it cause the teacher sure didn't read it. It might have been just to see if we could write decent summaries? I dont know
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Postby i am rich » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:43 pm

i was the only one in my tenth grade english class to actually finish jane eyre
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Postby chairkicker » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:50 pm

rushedbehind wrote:goddamn what kind of a teacher prescribes anna karenina

my favorite one

though not because he had us reading anna karenina, which i'm kinda starting to doubt my recollection of
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Postby chairkicker » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:58 pm

he's the teacher i owe so much of any analytical ability i possess
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Postby goldmatt » Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:24 pm

High School:

The Outsiders
Catcher in the Rye
Black Boy
Romeo and Juliet
The Scarlet Letter
Animal Farm
A Separate Peace
To Kill A Mockingbird
Frankenstein
Dracula
Rebecca
Death of a Salesman
Macbeth

Oh, and "Le Petit Prince" in French class.
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Postby alaska » Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:48 pm

i remember reading one hundred years of solitude and some others before my senior year AP lit class and i was so excited, and then the teacher started the first day by saying she did not write the summer reading list, asking who read one hundred years of solitude, and then apologizing and saying "it's the most pointless book" to general laughter
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Postby saranclaps » Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:59 pm

Junior high:
The Outsiders
Anne Frank
House on Mango Street(?)

High School:
Lord of the Flies
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest(maybe?)
1984
Huckleberry Finn
Night
All the President's Men
Hamlet(?)
The Crucible
The Scarlett Letter
Their Eyes Were Watching God
To Kill A Mockingbird
Of Mice and Men
Grapes of Wrath
Great Gatsby
The Oddyssey(?)

College(?):
I remember reading The Kite Runner and My Sister's Keeper in community college and that's about it

Shit I did book reports on:
Requiem for a Dream (I fasted for 24 hours and read the book and watched the movie and wrote about it)
the other Helbert Shelby book
Slaughterhouse-Five
Breakfast of Champions
Crying of Lot 49
Bad as I wanna Be by Dennis Rodman
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Postby KPH » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:37 pm

Junior High:
Lord of the Flies
Fahrenheit 451
Canterbury Tales
Little Prince
The Jungle
The Bell Jar

High school:
A Separate Peace
Night
All Quiet on the Western Front
Romeo and Juliet
A Doll’s House
Native Son
The Stranger
Hamlet
Inferno
The Prince
Catcher in the Rye
Odyssey
Madame Bovary
Sun Also Rises
Candide

I went to two high schools and two middle schools. The HS I graduated from was weirdly light on assigning entire books so I could be misremembering what I sought out vs what was assigned.

I was comp lit for a stretch in college before settling on poli sci and German so the college list is lengthy. Lots of Thomas Mann!
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Postby mystery meat » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:51 pm

sick thread

spanning middle school to college (i'm sure i'm missing several)

Heart of Darkness
Animal Farm
To Kill a Mockingbird
Hamlet
Beowulf
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The HIding Place
Lord of the Flies
All Quiet on the Western Front
The Great Gatsby
The Grapes of Wrath
East of Eden
Macbeth
Othello
Romeo and Juliet
Our Town
Abridged Les Miserables
Abridged Three Musketeers
Siddhartha
Antigone
Oedipus Rex
Tess of D'Urbervilles
Ulysses
Jane Eyre
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
As I Lay Dying
Dubliners
various Flannery O'Connor stories
A Tale of Two Cities
Hard Times
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Mill on the Floss
The Kite Runner
The Secret Life of Bees
The Odyssey
The Illiad
A Raisin in the Sun
The Once and Future King


idk how many of these i finished. i sucked ass as a a student
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Postby oomphull » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:51 am

freshman year of college everyone had to take English 111 and English 112. 111 was composition and the professor was random, but for second semester 112 we got to read all the course descriptions that were created by the teachers. My friend from the dorm and I decided to take English 112, "Sticking It to The Man." The class was taught by a poetry graduate student that claimed to hate poetry. He had been a zoology major during undergrad and said that he hated that too.

He ran the open mic at one of the bars uptown, and when my buddy and I went to play the first thing he did when he saw us was perform the "teacher chug a beer trick," which is exactly what it sounds like. It was my favorite class.

We read "Sirens of Titan" by Kurt Vonnegut and watched I Heart Huckabees. I learned so much.
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Postby tanaka » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:03 am

mindblowing thread

in the last year of high schoool i had to read the great gatsby and watched the movie version of romeo and juliet. nothing else before that.

but i did read some books in class that had nothing to do with whatever it was i was supposed to be learning, the teacher didn't seem to mind. i remember reading all the bret easton ellis books and a mary gaitskill short stories collection
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Postby Kenny » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:17 am

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I think Johnny Got His Gun should be mandatory reading and watching for Jr. HS students across the entire US.


Yeah, it definitely had a really lasting effect (affect?) on me for sureeeee.

So did That Was Then, This Is Now which has a kid named M&M (who loves M&Ms) try acid and has a bad trip about spiders holding him down in his own stomach which is probably the main reason I haven't tried acid yet
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Postby terrific bedwetter » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:55 am

canadian:

elementary school i can remember..

Hatchet
Silverwing

high school:

The Outsiders
To Kill a Mockingbird
Lord of the Flies
Romeo and Juliet
Macbeth

we also had a choice at some point and I can only remember 3 options from it
Farenheit 451
Brave New World
A Clockwork Orange


edit:
another from high school (or uh, grade 8?)
The Giver

edit:
another
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
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Postby Kenny » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:59 am

Hatchet was one of my favorite books as a kid. Absolutely fantasized about being lost in the wilderness and making it on my own

That and the movie Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog
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Postby becky » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:22 am

middle school:
the westing game
hatchet
the outsiders
romeo and juliet? can't remember when this was
the giver

high school:
the adventures of huckleberry finn
romeo and juliet????
lord of the flies
wuthering heights
the great gatsby
the Odyssey
the tempest
siddhartha
a tale of two cities
heart of darkness
the color purple
something by graham greene but scanning his select works I don't know which it was, pretty sure I didn't even attempt to read it. The Power and the Glory maybe

and uh, yeah, certainly more than that considering I was in honors/AP english throughout high school lol.

the most fucked up thing about this exercise is that, unlike virtually any other piece of information I might be seeking at this moment, I can't just google "what did I read for 6th grade english class" and find the answer
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Postby churrokbyme » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:25 am

I’ll bang out the list a bit later but I wanted to give a shoutout to my 5th grade teacher who had us read a number of science fiction short stories which were exceedingly memorable. Much more so than Tuck Everlasting or whatever.

Highlights for me were:

“I have no mouth, but I must scream” and “9 billion names of god” and “with folded hands”
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Postby aububs » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:29 am

strange potion wrote:I didn't know american schools had such extensive reading lists, damn


yeah wtf
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Postby becky » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:44 am

Autarch wrote:-Waiting for Godot


tried to recall all of mine from memory before reading the thread, I forgot all about Waiting for Godot. I'm pretty sure we read/acted this out aloud in class
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Postby delgriffith » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:48 am

How long did you spend on each book in these classes?

My memories of English class from like 13/14 on were spending months on a single book/play. One of the random ones that sticks out from GCSE English was Cal by Bernard MacLaverty, probably because it doubled as the only formal education I ever got about the Troubles (this was at a private school in England, never did a unit on the Troubles in history) and also because my English teacher that year was really great. Vaguely remember watching the film version w/ Helen Mirren too.
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Postby bunejug » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:55 am

I went to public school, still feels like I'm forgetting a lot of what we read.

middle school
a midsummer night's dream
of mice and men
tom sawyer
the outsiders
speak
call of the wild
hatchet
animal farm
to kill a mockingbird
catcher in the rye
they cage the animals at night
twelve angry men


high school
romeo & juliet
macbeth
hamlet
the odyssey
lord of the flies
1984
wuthering heights
huckleberry fin
east of eden
great gatsby
the sun also rises
a separate peace
night
things fall apart
glass menagerie
brave new world
the glass castle
the crucible
one flew over the cuckoo's nest
the lover
the perks of being a wallflower


I'm in grad school now in the uk and the required reading load is noticeably lighter than my american undergrad.
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