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Matthew wrote:... In fact, I used to think tha EVERYONE who was literate had read it. You proved me wrong, but I'd still bet that there are thousands of people for whom Catcher in the Rye is the ONLY book they've ever read.
Ooops! A gap in my education there, then. I'll put it on my must-read-if-I-find-a-friend-to-lend-it list.
“Nineteen Eighty-Four” is, by all means, a wonderful novel, and not enough can be said in its favor.
“Of Mice and Men” is, actually, my favorite Steinbeck (and I do NOT like Steinbeck). The novel, for being so short, is absolutely ripe with theory and application that one cannot help drool over it.
"Fahrenheit 451" I like, but I think Bradbury’s masterpiece lies with “The Illustrated Man.”
1984 is the same as 451: idea is good, writing okay
"Of Mice & Men" is good, but Steinbeck's masterpiece (for me) is "Grapes of Wrath."
I'm a little surprised these are all mid-20th century books. For the few decades involved, these are good, but this looks an awful lot like a high school curriculum from 1970. Dive into "Moby Dick", Dostoevsky, Borges, Shakespeare, etc etc