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Inkling wrote:All four books were among my "required reading" list in my early High School days; as were other such notable titles Brave New World, Animal Farm, The Chocolate War, We, and Lord of the Flies.
Way to go to the teacher who got that to be required reading. It's the 1984/Brave New World before either existed.
Sheila wrote:East of Eden is my favorite Steinbeck book, everyone seems to forget next Of Mice and Men and Grapes of Wrath, but in my opinion it was best work
I totally agree. I have never read Grapes of Wrath though, and I didn't care for Of Mice and Men really...
PS: Vonnegut should definitely be included in the list of greats, but his book should be 'Breakfast of champions'!
The only book of the four originally listed I've read is 1984 - love it. I have Fahrenheit 451 and while I don't have Of Mice and Men I do have The Grapes of Wrath (placed #17 and #34 respectively on my To Read bookshelf.
Whenever I remember to jot down "Salinger" prior to heading out for a new haul of books I'll be sure to get Catcher.
Here is one that I would include on my list: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. Is this book to be placed on the short list for the title of Most Important American Book? I don't consider it as such in terms of having inspired other books, or writers, or for its telling a compelling story, but instead for the non-literary ramifications of the book.
Regardless, I found it a heckuva story.