I hated The Great Gatsby. YAWWWWWN! At least it was short, so it only took a few hours away from my life. But then there were all those hours of classroom discussions listening to the English teacher try to convince us that this novel had great worth and was an American masterpiece. And of course, the final exam, which was essay–that stole another hour away.
Funny thing–my older daughter (who grew up to be a stage manager) LOVED The Great Gatsby when she had to read it in high school. Cried over it. Adored it! Tried to tell me that the novel had great worth and was an American masterpiece!
Someone in the thread mentioned Of Mice and Men. My younger daughter managed to get through middle school and high school at a college prep school in our city without EVER reading a single assigned novel–other than Of Mice and Men. She adored that book and read it over and over and cried over it.
She got straight A’s, in English, BTW. Doesn’t that bite?! Smarter kids didn’t do nearly as well on the essay exams in literature classes as my non-reading daughter! She told us she just listened really hard during the class discussions and lectures, because the teachers ALWAYS gave the answers to the essays in their lectures. She didn’t even take many notes–she just listened and remembered it all and then got perfect scores on the tests.
My husband was the same way in school. All the rest of of us would be frantically trying to write down every single word the teacher said (remember, young CAF members, this was before the age of the laptop computer notebook!), while my husband would just be sitting there engrossed in listening to the lecture. At the end of the class, he would have a few sentences written down, while all the rest of us had twenty pages of notes.
But my husband would inevitably receive perfect scores on the exams! He was (and still is) an incredibly good listener! (Bwoo ha ha–I usually got perfect scores too, because I took such great notes and was able to spew them back when test time rolled around. Do I remember any of it now? Nope!)