This week's theme at the Literary Blog Hop is:
Discuss a work of literary merit that you hated when you were made to read it in school or university. Why did you dislike it?
Believe it or not, this is a touch question. Why? Because I enjoyed most of the books I was assigned. There's a reason they're classics...they're great stories. I think the answer is going to have to be Moby Dick. I was assigned this in HS sophomore English honors. I think the main reason I disliked the book was that the sadistic teacher assigned this AND The Scarlet Letter in the same 6 week period. Moby Dick is just too long of a book to be crammed into that time frame for a HS student IMO, when he/she is studying six other subjects. Specifically, in the book, what I remember is:
1. I liked the beginning.
2. I liked the end.
3. I disliked all the exposition in the middle.
If that seems like a very sparse review, it is because it has been well over 20 years since I read the book. Moby Dick is on a long list of books I hope to re-read some day.
What book were you forced to read, and disliked? Have you since re-read the book? Has your opinion changed?