September 14, 2003

quick poll

I was just reminded of an academic game in one of David Lodge's books--Small World, maybe?--where all of the teachers admit, in turn, the most important piece of literature they've never read. So here's a question for everyone reading this: what's the book you really, really should've read but haven't?

I'll start: One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Posted by Douglas at September 14, 2003 10:22 PM

Brighton Rock.

Posted by: Ess on September 15, 2003 9:50 AM

Don Quixote, among thousands of others. (I'm not particularly well-read, unfortunately.)

Posted by: M Matos on September 15, 2003 3:44 PM

The Odyssey.

Posted by: carl on September 15, 2003 4:11 PM

This is pretty much the reason I'm back in school, but Ulysses has got to be the most egregious.

Posted by: lauren on September 15, 2003 4:27 PM

Anything by Faulkner except the horrible Sanctuary.
I also find myself thinking (thanks in no small part to reading David Lodge's Consciousness and the Novel) that I need to read some more Henry James (I read Daisy Miller years ago and recall nothing of it).

Posted by: Jeremy on September 15, 2003 5:53 PM

'to kill a mockingbird.' my high school was so bad it wasn't required reading. most of the brontes books--i only read 'jane eyre' and feel like i'm missing out on much more. i second ulysses, although i could never get into faulkner.

Posted by: annie on September 17, 2003 12:32 PM

I third "Ulysses"--I gave up on ever reading it once I graduated college and had no teacher to lead me through it. Also, the Bible. Also, a lot more, but once I start naming them I won't stop.

Posted by: Maya on September 17, 2003 1:34 PM

the catcher in the rye. the grapes of wrath. um.

on "mockingbird", i used to get gregory peck mixed up with gregory hines. when i read that for school, consequently, i thought the whole family was black.

Posted by: lauren II on September 17, 2003 4:16 PM

All of them.

Posted by: jodi on September 18, 2003 2:48 PM
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