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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel

Subject: Re: Questions

From: Cindy O'Donnell-Allen (cindyoa@lamar.colostate.edu)
Date: Wed Mar 22 2000 - 14:21:18 EST

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Isn't it funny how one reader's pan is another's pleasure? _Song of
Solomon_ is my favorite Morrison book (though I haven't read _Paradise_
yet). I haven't had the opportunity to teach it, but it was one of those
benchmark books for me in college that opened my eyes to the world of
contemporary literature and all of its "wonders."

I know that _The Bluest Eye_ is frequently taught in AP courses, and
while I loved that book as well, I found it more painful to read than
_Song of Solomon_.

- Cindy


> I found Song of Solomon hard to get through myself. I teach 12th
> grade honors and I would not force that one on my students. They
> have, thus far, enjoyed The Color of Water and Memoirs of a Geisha;
> they are currently reading I Know This Much is True. I find that
> these open up just as many opportunities for discussion, but are more
> enjoyable to read.
> Christy Register-Chappell
> North Myrtle Beach High School

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