What book would you put on a school reading list?
E.A.M Harris blogs about reading and writing and her latest post has set me thinking. She is in the middle of a 30 day book challenge that forces participants to think about books in a new way by answering such questions as what book did you give up on? what book is your least favourite? (is that the same as hate? Difficult because both Dan Brown and Jefferey Archer have been pretty prolific), what book reminds you of home? You can read how she answered these questions HERE.
For today’s challenge she chose The Life of Pi by Yann Martel for the quality of the writing, the huge leap of imagination that the reader has to make and the way it provokes discussion about our relationship with animals.
Life of Pi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
That’s an excellent choice and I imagine that it is already on a lot of reading lists for those reasons.
But what would you choose?
Did you get turned off a set book at school because you were forced to read it only to re-discover it later?
George Bernard Shaw said that if he had the power he would ban all his plays and essays from school premises: he didn’t want generations to grow up disliking him.
George Bernard Shaw, Nobel laureate in Literature 1925 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
My gut feeling when I considered the question was that I would make Terry Pratchett (the most shoplifted author in Britain) and Douglas Adams required reading in English, along with bound copies of Private Eye in politics/ history (with end of term papers featuring such questions as Who is Glenda Slagg).
But perhaps they should be banned instead, only available in plain covers and bought with a fake ID to prove you’re over 16.
And does putting a must-read on a school list inevitably turn it into What!? I have to read all of it? Where are the Brodie Notes?
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