Did you Brits have to read Twain?
Did they make you Americans read Dickens?
Boring poll inside:
It has been so long since I had mandated reading I don't remember all that I read, but a quick partial list would be:
Burnes, Wordsworth, Donne, Lovelace, Suckling, various other UKian poets
Seriously, anything by Robertson Davies. I just love his stuff.--
Would you rather battle Klingons or trolls?
PEI is a lot like the farming parts of NB, with nicer beaches.
I ain't too cultured, so asking me about classics might be barking up the wrong tree.
I actually enjoyed Robert Service, the rest of my mandatory reading I can't recommend (or remember, for that matter).
Yes, they did. In High School we read Great Expectations, The Tale of Two Cities, and A Christmas Carole. I think there was another one, too, but I can't remember which one.
And there are great Canadian authors, like Douglas Coupland and, um... many other talented scribes.
"'Vengence is Mine', quoth Alvis. And then he shot the guy, right in the freaking face!"
'Of Mice and Men' is the dead kitten one.
... My mistress' eyes are nothing like the son...
Of course, now the words to that sonnet are confused in my head with the Sting tune.
Reading some of Heinlein's novels at my age is pretty goddamn painful, but it might have been more convincing in my youth.
I never did not have a book in my hand. I don't remember them ever assigning me something to read in school, but it wasn't necessary - it would have been like tossing ice cubes at a glacier.
Sounds like your local librarians had good taste, cool.
I remember doing a book report on a bio of Tom Edison. But I can't think of any others.
In high-school a nun taught us to love Shakespeare (well, by "us" I mean "me") by having us act it out in class instead of just reading it. I played the witches in Macbeth; and when Mary Malfaro played Romeo and Frank Barbalace played Juliet - well, let's just leave it at that, shall we?
It's hard for me to say for certain, because I managed to read a lot on my own.---
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
* or, "The Whale"
Have you seen The Passion yet? Here's a spoiler for you: Jesus dies."...compassion is more than a 16 point word in scrabble." - MostlyHarmless
I'm probably missing a few, but those are the ones that I remember.
john knowles: a separate peace
wo mitchell: who has seen the wind
william golding: lord of the flies
charlotte bronte: wuthering heights
margaret laurence: the stone angel
margaret atwood: the handmaid's tale
michael ondaatje: in the skin of a lion
george orwell: 1984
geoffrey chaucer: canterbury tales
ts eliot: murder in the cathedral
homer: the odyssey
shakespeare: romeo and juliet, the twelfth night, merchant of venice, macbeth, king lear, hamlet---I don't think anyone's ever really died from smoking. --ni
I was introduced to Haliburton, Elizabeth Smart, Munro, Ondaatje, Robert Service, Mowat, Wyndham Lewis, Atwood, Klein, Frye - these all made some reading list or other.
Part of my major was Western lit, so the American and UK authors lists would be silly to try.
It was first published in France, wasn't it?
I read a touch of Le Malade Imaginaire (Molière) when I was in a French class in France, but as it was just on an exchange, I guess that's not an adequate data point.
Julius Caesar & Macbeth, Shakespeare.
Philadelphia, Here I Come, Friel.
Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck.
Hard Times, Dickens.
Walkabout, Vance Marshall.
Empire of the Sun, Ballard.
Animal Farm, Orwell.
Lord of the Flies, Golding.
Pride and Prejudice, Austin.
Tóraíocht Dhiarmada agus Gráinne, Unknown.
Poetry by Shakespeare, Milton, Donne, Shelly, Byron, Keats, Manley Hopkins, Dickinson, Yeats, Kavanagh, Heaney most of which I've probably forgotten.
As a way of distracting myself from morning sickness though I've trawled the murkier waters of my memory and compiled the following list of what we did read.
First couple of years of high school, the teacher had a thing about WW2 so stuff like The Silver Sword (Ian Seraillier) and The Cay (Theodore Taylor), and a bit of grim apocalypse with Z for Zachariah (Robert O'Brien). Then a bit of Shakespeare for light relief (Romeo and Juliet). Bored yet?
Then I moved to NZ where, among others, we read USian things - Bless the Beasts and Children (Glendon Swarthout), and To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee). Some NZ stuff - Manhunt: The Story of Stanley Graham (Howard Willis) which I thought was called Bad Blood, but apparently that was the film, and The Makutu on Mrs Jones (Witi Ihimaera) which I think was a short novel. Also some NZ poetry.
Then back to Scotland and in 5th year - Hamlet, various sonnets (Shakespeare); The Lost Honour of Katherina Blum (Heinrich Boll); some Burns and some other Scottish poets whose names escape me; The White Bird Passes (Jessie Kesson).
For the last year it was Morning Tide, The Silver Darlings and Highland River (Neil Gunn);
Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and her Children, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Bertolt Brecht);
As You Like It, possibly Othello, various sonnets (Shakespeare); The Assistant, The Fixer, and The Natural (Bernard Malamud).
Bugger, still feel sick.I can't be bothered to change this sig.
"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger
An Inspector Calls, JB Priestly.Lord of the Flies, William Golding.Macbeth, Shakespeare (also we saw Twelfth Night at the RSC)Z for Zachariah, Robert C O'Brien, or some others from a choice of apocalyptic ones.
No Dickens, and no Twain. That's all I remember reading.
We had plenty of compulsory films to watch in my post-16 French syllabus. That was where I learnt most of my m4d 1337 literary skillz.