Graham Davies Posted October 10, 2004 Share Posted October 10, 2004 I’m starting a new thread along the lines of the threads devoted to poems and novels that appear in another section of this forum. This one is entitled “Worst and best set books”. Looking back on my school and university days, I have come to realise that most of the books that I had to read for my A-level examinations in German and French and university examinations were absolutely awful – completely unsuitable for a 16—22 year-old and the kind of literature that I would never choose to read as a mature adult. Among these books there were a few that have left a lasting impression on me. I’m going to kick off the thread with: Worst: Kleist’s “Michael Kohlhaas” (an A-level set text). Impossibly difficult language and a theme that I have never been able to relate to. Best: Camus’ “La peste” (an A-level set text). Gripping story, difficult language but well worth the effort to read in the original French. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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