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View Hannes's Profile Hannes Flag Vienna 09 May 21 2.23pm Send a Private Message to Hannes Add Hannes as a friend

I ran across "Wuthering Heights" written by Emily Bronte in my library. Browsing through in the foreword of the German translation it's mentioned that this is/was a "must-read" for students in secondary school in England. Can anybody confirm this and furthermore tell me which other books are/were generally considered as "standard classical literature" to be read and discussed in higher levels of secondary school in England (assume that this reading-lists will have undergone some changes during the years).

 

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View ASCPFC's Profile ASCPFC Flag Pro-Cathedral/caravan park 09 May 21 2.34pm Send a Private Message to ASCPFC Add ASCPFC as a friend

We certainly looked at Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens and Mark Twain. I think we probably studied Orwell with Animal Farm too.

 


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View Teddy Eagle's Profile Teddy Eagle Flag 09 May 21 3.09pm Send a Private Message to Teddy Eagle Add Teddy Eagle as a friend

Hannes- here is a list of the sort of books being covered at the moment.

[Link]

 

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View martin2412's Profile martin2412 Flag The Big Wide World 09 May 21 3.19pm Send a Private Message to martin2412 Add martin2412 as a friend

When I was at school our 'O' Level Literature book was The Merchant of Venice.

What a load of old cobblers that was, as is all Shakespeare in my opinion.

Since leaving school in 1980, I have read two books. Both of those were about five years ago whilst on holiday.

I can't stand reading, and put that down to having a job that is non-stop paperwork.

 

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View Palace Old Geezer's Profile Palace Old Geezer Flag Midhurst 09 May 21 3.25pm Send a Private Message to Palace Old Geezer Add Palace Old Geezer as a friend

Can't remember too much about books we studied at my secondary school other than Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

Although I do recall there being quite a lot of excitement about who was reading a copy of The Pearl that was doing the rounds.

Wasn't a top rated school, but it was approved. Been pulled down now.

 


Dad and I watched games standing on the muddy slope of the Holmesdale Road end. He cheered and I rattled.

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My kids have done a lot of work with - A Christmas Carol & Romeo & Juliet & An Inspector calls - back in my day we did An Inspector calls & of mice & men.

 

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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 09 May 21 3.41pm Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

Originally posted by martin2412

When I was at school our 'O' Level Literature book was The Merchant of Venice.

What a load of old cobblers that was, as is all Shakespeare in my opinion.

Since leaving school in 1980, I have read two books. Both of those were about five years ago whilst on holiday.

I can't stand reading, and put that down to having a job that is non-stop paperwork.

From Porridge

"I read a book once! Green, it was." Heslop

Bit unfair on Shakespeare he managed to write hit plays across various genre not many playwrights are successful at that comedy, history, romance, politics, fantasy etc., 400 years later they are still being performed. How many woke writers of today will be remembered in 10 years.

Edited by Badger11 (09 May 2021 3.44pm)

 


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Romeo & juliet is all I can remember & a lot of chapters from various books about Irish history.

 


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Then leave home, get a job & pay your own bills, while you still know everything.

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View cryrst's Profile cryrst Flag Chatham 09 May 21 3.46pm Send a Private Message to cryrst Add cryrst as a friend

Originally posted by Dubai Eagle

My kids have done a lot of work with - A Christmas Carol & Romeo & Juliet & An Inspector calls - back in my day we did An Inspector calls & of mice & men.

Did those two as well.
Good novels which get you thinking..

 

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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 09 May 21 4.33pm Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

Books I have read in lockdown

To Kill A Mocking Bird - Beautiful book about racial injustice in the deep south. I have read it many times it makes me cry.

A Fine Balance - Rohiton Mistry, fantastic book about the terrible lives of a group of tailors in India, had me in tears.

Where The Crawdads Sing - about a little girl abandoned by her family who grows up in the swamp very emotional.

My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante 2 little girls growing up in post war Naples, kept welling up.

And of course who could forget the immortal book

The highs and lows of being a Brighton Fan - Now this one really did make me cry

Plus loads of crime fiction.

 


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View Hannes's Profile Hannes Flag Vienna 09 May 21 9.08pm Send a Private Message to Hannes Add Hannes as a friend

Tks to all of your for your information and tks to TE for the list. For the sake of completness the one book that all Austrian students of my age-group (56) will remember was Friedrich Torberg's "Young Gerber". A good read (TBF, not at the age when we had to read it at school when most of us made a short-cut by delivering the summaries and analysis from elder brothers and sisters) but may be a little bit outdated nowadays as the underlying problem (sadistic teacher bullies student who commits suicide fearing to fail his final examination) is nowadays more turned in the other way round.

 

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View Tom-the-eagle's Profile Tom-the-eagle Flag Croydon 09 May 21 11.49pm Send a Private Message to Tom-the-eagle Add Tom-the-eagle as a friend

Remember reading The Outsiders at school,

Liked it so much I nicked it. Still got it at home with the school name and address stamped on the inside cover.

I guess it was about teenage rebellion so all I was really doing was showing I understood it.

 


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