What were your favorite books as a child/teen?
Posted 03 June 2003 - 06:44 PM
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Robert Lewis Stevenson--"Kidnapped", "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", "Treasure Island", "The Black Arrow."
Mark Twain--"Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn"
"Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin"
Many of the Hornblower series by C. S. Forrester.
When I was in grammar school, it seemed we played baseball, basketball, football or hockey, depending on the season, every day of the year--except for me, when a book from my grandmother would arrive.
And getting a library card at the local branch of the Chicago Public Library was like getting a passport to the world.
Posted 03 June 2003 - 07:40 PM
Her favorite was Maria Goretti (sp?) a 13-year-old who was raped and knifed to death -- slowly, oh, ever so slowly -- by her cousin
When we were read this story at Queen of Peace Parish School a long time ago she was still "Blessed" Maria Goretti--Blessed (two syllables) was a stop on the way to sainthood. Sister Anita of the Sisters of Charity, who taught a combined fourth and fifth grade and ruled it with an iron hand, spoke about Maria Goretti "defending her purity".
About which, of course, we had no clue.
Posted 04 June 2003 - 05:30 PM
Posted 04 June 2003 - 05:41 PM
Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeline L'Engle - part of an entire, much loved series
The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
Posted 04 June 2003 - 06:52 PM
The Doctor Doolittle books
The Black Stallion books
1984, Brave New World and Animal Farm
The Annotated Alice
The Lord of the Rings
Bored of the Rings
The Man Who Was Thursday
.... and many others. Generally, if I was awake and not in class, I had a book open.
Posted 04 June 2003 - 06:56 PM
I was also a Black Stallion seriesaholic, too.
All these great remembrances make me want to reread a bunch of them.
Many thanks for prodding the memory banks!
Posted 04 June 2003 - 08:18 PM
I loved those books so much. I read them all over and over again and my sister (named Betsy) gave me the complete hardcover set as a wedding present in 1976. I loved it that so many of the characters (and their real-life counterparts) were involved in the arts: Betsy a writer, Julia the opera singer, Tib a dancer, Tacy a singer, Tony an actor/singer, etc. Those books were a great education.
Vrsfanatic, what did you think of the Anais Nin scandal that erupted after her death? As a teenager, I idolized her. I got the chance to meet her when I was 17 and waiting outside the 92nd. St. Y to hear her speak. The line was very long and we were told that we'd never make the cut-off to get inside. Soon afterward she walked up to the building and I spoke to her as she went inside. I told her how much I'd wanted to hear her speak. She thanked me, went into the building and within moments someone came out and escorted my friend and I to front seats. Ms. Nin sat with us and talked afterwards for nearly an hour.
So despite all the negative things that've come out about her in recent years, my memories are of a very kind and thoughtful woman (much like her diaries, despite how they've been disparaged).
Alexandra, being the very good Catholic girl in a parochial school, I read every martyr story I could get my hands on. I even - this is hard to confess - fashioned myself a "hair shirt" and went to sleep wearing it once in awhile during that stage. It was made of a very itchy wool. I wanted to be a martyr quite badly for a year or two. My Confirmation name is a martyr's name; hers was another particularly gruesome story.
I guess one could say the slasher films so popular these days could've been modeled after some of those martyr stories that we young innocents read with the blessings of our clergy.
Posted 05 June 2003 - 02:30 AM
So many memories...
I, too, loved Madeline L'Engle's books, and C.S. Lewis, E.B. White, L.M. Montgomery, Judy Blume, Walter Farley, L. Frank Baum... so great to be reminded of all of these.
My favorite book, however was "The Violin-Maker's Gift" by Donn Kushner and my favorite poem was Edward Lear's "The Jumblies".
Posted 05 June 2003 - 03:09 AM
Posted 05 June 2003 - 03:57 AM
If what Proust says is true, that happiness is the absence of fever, then I will never know happiness.
For I am possessed by a fever for knowledge, experience, and creation. -Anais Nin
How could anyone who spoke such beautiful words, not be real! Maybe I just don't want to know.
Posted 05 June 2003 - 03:58 AM
I was tsk-ing myself. I forgot to mention my favorite books growing up, the Narnia Chronicles. Silly me as a kid reading them, just thought they were great fantasy books, then we learned the word allegory
Posted 05 June 2003 - 04:25 AM
I was also a big fan of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy from an early age, and read all of those books several times.
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