Past Horrors – The Sequel .
The Ladies of The Blue Bookcase, are fine promoters of all thing Literary and every fortnight they run a Blog hop, where bloggers can get together and discuss all things of a bookish nature, posting a different question every time. The question this time is--
Discuss a work of literary merit that you hated when you were made to read it in school or university. Why did you dislike it?
This was an easy question for me, anyone that read my last blog hop reply- “Past Life Regressions” may remember my classics reading & how it related to schooling. The Book that would fit this question has been arbitrarily chosen from several that featured in my secondary school years (11 – 16) but it’s the one that sticks most in my mind.
Now this is not really a case of me hating the book (because I don’t) more a case of
disliking, not liking, had displeasure with, did not agree, Bl&*$£^! well hated the teachers and their attitude to not just this book, but the very subject. To say a corpse had more passion than my English teacher, would be a gross understatement. I mean it’s very subject matter of mind control & the individual, always subordinated to the state, should have appealed, it reflected the subliminal, if not public mission statement of the establishment. Also, The Ministry of Truth, could have been my EngLit teachers name, if one deigned to have an opinion on this book (or any) that varied from the text in front of him - well to say that it was frowned upon, is a bit like saying an AK47 Assault rifle blows kisses, and as I said in my last blog hop I was not only GOBBY, but raised to question everything & express my opinion freely, with the obvious result that, the assault rifle & I were nearly married.
In 1979 Pink Floyd released an album called “The Wall” and lead single off that album was called “Another brick in the wall”
It’s chorus went “ We don’t need no education ……..” which although I now realise is not true, I remember Singing my head off to the sentiment expressed with great glee.