Friday, January 06, 2006

Friday Five

Our friend Rick at Good Coffee picked up his Thursday Top 5 yesterday with his top 5 books from high school English class. Considering that he and I spent a few years together in high school English class, I offer up my own top five reads from high school:
  • Look Homeward Angel, by Thomas Wolfe. The coming of age of Eugene Grant moved me but very few of my classmates.
  • Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad. I loved the tone and feel of this one. It was also one of the shortest books I had to read in high school.
  • Jude the Obscure, by Thomas Hardy. Jude Frawley is mesmerized by the lights of distant Christminster, and dreams of studying at the university there. But life rarely intersects with one's dreams, and I found this tragic novel a powerful one.
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge, by Thomas Hardy. A great story, one in which Fate plays a major role. One of my favorite novels.
  • Eye of the Needle, by Ken Follett. Dr. Maddox introduced this World War II U.K. thriller to us in 10th grade, and I have been a fan of Follett ever since.


The Cubicle Reverend said...

If you like Hardy's work, check out his Poetry, it's frickin' brilliant. Haven't tried his novels yet though.

Todd said...

High School was so long ago. I am having trouble bringing book titles to recall.

Chuck said...

What, is the spirit of Doctor Maddox teaching on the West Coast? Those are right off of the old 10-11th grade Harp reading list.

I so hated Jude. Perhaps I should not have tried to cram it in on the last night.


James said...

Without a doubt I should give credit to Dr. Maddox, who inspired in me a love of so many good books!

Patrick said...

I'm still trying to come up with five books that I REALLY read during high school. Cliff Notes were a wonderful thing.