Re: There were probably some short works that I hated
Posted by B. D. on March 1, 2018, 9:16 pm, in reply to "There were probably some short works that I hated"
The Pearl is a pretty banal repackaged fable. Say that three times fast (I always have to remind myself that you don't pronounce "banal" to rhyme with "anal"). The tragedy is pretty generic--whoa the baby gets killed!!! Take that!!! Other Steinbeck blows it away. I need to reread Grapes Of Wrath--I can't remember how I got from point A to point B in that book!
I didn't read Lord Of The Flies until two years ago. If you didn't read Gatsby it's still quite readable as an adult just due to the jazzy prose. Admittedly the moral of its story is a bit obvious when you're 30+.
Uh, that No Fear thing....uh, I'd never heard of that before, but jeeeeezus kee-rist! Heart Of Darkness isn't very long so I can sort of see it being assigned to kids. But Conrad's style is very aged. Imagine them trying to read Nostromo, that book's kind of a b*tch.