evidence i have chosen the right secondary school for my princess.
2008 second-hand book sale list contains the following:
boy - tales of a childhood (roald dahl)
of mice and men (steinbeck)
romeo and juliet (old bill shakey)
animal farm (mr orwell)
macbeth (you know who)
to kill a mockingbird (harper lee)
william blake's selected poems
streetcar named desire
romulus, my father
theban plays (oedipus rex etc)
the old man and the sea (old hem)
WUTHERING FUCKING HEIGHTS
god of small things
summer of the seventeenth doll
bloody turgenev and solzhenitsyn
perfume by suskind
l'etranger, mais bien sur
the republic, by plato
the only gaps i can see are machiavelli's the prince (but she knows that shit anyway), austen (she can read that herself) and the lovesong of j. alfred prufrock (there will be time... for me to teach her about prufrock).
i can't tell you how happy i am not to see trainspotting or some contemporary flash-in-the-pan novels like shantaram (i like it, don't get me wrong, but it's not a 'classic') or anime or manga stuff, to dumb it all down for the "non-readers." unfortunately the kite runner is on the list ( i have heard it is not good so have avoided) also a morris gleitzman novel - boy overboard, but i think that one is ok, cultural exchange and all that. but the snob in me is prepared to overlook a couple of mis-hits.
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in other news, clokes, the kids and i enjoyed a very pleasant eyeball (to use the old CB lingo) in the park with the loverly i'm not craig and his wife and two beautiful boys yesterday. we were lucky the weather held for us, we sat and ate and drank wine and it wasn't uncomfortable at all!
what a great family, and yes, he is as nice in person as he seems in blogworld.
so, thanks inc, and your lovely wife. jells park next time!
happy days all.