Fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby has built a mansion on Long Island Sound for the sole purpose of wooing and winning his lost love Daisy Buchanan, who married another man while Gatsby was serving overseas.
If you never read it in high school, you know what to do.
If you were forced to read it back then, give it another try: you’ll enjoy it much more the second time around. In this slim novel, Woolf weaves together two seemingly unrelated storylines: one following Mrs Dalloway, an upper class woman preparing to host a dinner party, and the other her "double," a shell-shocked WWI vet contemplating suicide.
new) you feel like you really should have read by now.
My own list for this category was extensive (even though I thought my own high school reading list was pretty good!
Faulkner claimed that he wrote it in 6 weeks, working from midnight to a.m., and that he didn't change a word.
The story, again set in Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, is narrated by 15 different characters over 59 chapters.Consistently cited as one of the best novels of the 20th century, both for its own sake and for the great influence it had over subsequent fiction.More info → from the perspective of the two minor characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, childhood friends of Hamlet who King Claudius uses to get more information about the insane prince.As a work of literature the Bible has everything: poetry, philosophy, storytelling, myths, fictions, riddles, fables, parables, allegories.Its sentences both provoke and obscure, often resisting a single interpretation. I’ve long felt that there is great value in reading a text that does not open itself up too easily, that keeps some of its secret meanings hidden.If I could design my own high school curriculum today it would include these poetry collections: “Good Woman,” by Lucille Clifton; “Look,” by Solmaz Sharif; and “The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded,” by Molly Mc Cully Brown, all of which are beautiful and invite you to see the world a little differently.Instead of having students read “Animal Farm” or “1984,” the usual George Orwell fare, I would offer them Orwell’s A COLLECTION OF ESSAYS, particularly “Such, Such Were the Joys,” “Charles Dickens,” “Shooting an Elephant,” “Why I Write” and “Politics and the English Language.” They’ll absorb into their intellectual bloodstreams an antidote to not just the madness of the present political regime but also, on the other end of things, the P. cant and “smelly little orthodoxies” of the college professors soon to be instructing them. It’s among the oldest surviving works of Western civilization, from before literature was literature. Butler’s novel PARABLE OF THE SOWER read in more high school English classes.It’s a brilliant, endlessly rich dystopian novel that pairs well with “1984” or “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and it’s also a fascinating exploration of how crises can fuel new religious and ideological movements.THE BIBLE, particularly the old, beautiful translations (I personally enjoy the King James).I am no longer religious, but I regard it as a great tragedy that more people don’t study the Bible.