- 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.
Friday, January 06, 2006
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: