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Beel 05-30-2011 01:31 PM

Have You Read Any of These?
Hi, fellow /ggFTWers! Even though it's summer, my evil high-school teachers are still piling on the work, and one of these creatures is my soon-to-be AP English Literature teacher. Because she allows her students to choose between certain literary works, I'm wondering if you guys have read any of these and what you thought of them!


How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka


"The Tempest" by William Shakespeare
"A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen
"Pygmalion" by George Bernard Shaw

Thanks! =D

kuyaBaka 05-30-2011 01:34 PM

I haven't read The Metamorphosis myself, but it was an option for me during my AP English classes in High School. Some of my friends did read it, and told me it was a pretty good book. A lot of others in the class beg to differ, though.

Lei 05-30-2011 02:32 PM

I read both The Metamorphosis and A Doll's House a year or two ago for a class. They're both pretty short, and there's quite a bit of (supposed?) symbolism in them. I thought both of them weren't bad. Anyhow, I'd recommend A Doll's House if you'd rather read something a tad more normal. You could try The Metamorphosis if you're up to something a little more out there.

james 05-30-2011 03:27 PM

I read How to Read Literature like a Professor for my AP Lit. class this year and it was an interesting book and it definitely is a good read whether you decide on reading it or not as it can help those not-as-good-at-identifying-Lit. devices (such as me) understand it better.

If you chose to read Kafka's piece, be prepared to have to analyze it until you die. It is one of those pieces that just has an extreme level of symbolism in it and most teachers require you to know just about every inch of it (that you can).

iARE1337 06-01-2011 09:54 AM

I read Siddhartha and I thought it was pretty dull. Maybe reading about a man's spiritual journey isn't my thing.

It's a pretty short book and draws quite a bit of Buddhist parallels.

Catharsis 06-01-2011 11:12 AM

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The writing style is simple, but everything is a metaphor. Even the plot is a metaphor. It's not a difficult book, especially if you are the philosophical sort who often ponders the meaning of life.

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Surreal, weird, disorienting. Also quite slow. You need patience both for following the story AND understanding the meaning of the plot. Also, be warned that it's a mind-eff. If you're familiar with the literary term "Kafkaesque", this is its origin.

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