Check out this great post on one of our favorite sites, The Second Pass. Fired From the Canon lists 10 classics that you should feel no need to read. I tend to chafe at the idea of books-you-absolutely-must-read-or-else-you-may-as-well-be-illiterate anyway; sure, I loved The Corrections and One Hundred Years of Solitude (two of the “skippable” books), but I can see how someone wouldn’t. And I hated On the Road (another skip), but I’m glad I read it, if only to know what everyone else is going on about. And I still say that if you didn’t love The Tender Land, you probably don’t have a heart.
July 13, 2009
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