Yet another book bashing imperialism and colonialism and white people and European people and humanity and... why do we read this and force our studenYet another book bashing imperialism and colonialism and white people and European people and humanity and... why do we read this and force our students/children to read this, again? Do you really think that by forcing children to read about horrors of the past you make them less apt to perpetuate them? Again, why assume that knowing your enemy will help you defeat him? Instead, we should know the One with the power to victory: the Creator of the Universe! But that's not allowed in schools, and so I suppose the only things left to force children to read are things like these. :( And we wonder why schools do not foster a love of reading? ...more
I first read this book as required reading for a 10th grade English course. I have recently reread it as it was on a list of options for a requirementI first read this book as required reading for a 10th grade English course. I have recently reread it as it was on a list of options for a requirement for a Multicultural education course. I had forgotten the story, other than the basics: it is about a hispanic girl growing up in the USA. Her name is Esperanza. So, now for the information I had forgotten: it is told in vignette form, which was fine. The problem I had with the book was the horrible chapter in which the main character, using euphemisms and never stating it explicitly, describes something horrible that happened to her as a teenager at a carnival. I won't state it here, for to do so would be as bad as reading it. But I am, honestly, SICK of the fact that the majority of books considered "literature" are depressing books that contain such horrible occurrences. Basically, I feel the literature canon says (in a nutshell) "the world sucks. humanity sucks. oh well."
Well, the world does NOT suck. And humanity does NOT suck, if we align with the Creator! And the fact that all we force children to read are depressing novels that tell them that they cannot ever be anything other than a sucky human in a sucky world disgusts me. Why do today's youth gravitate toward fantasy? Look at the horror we're shoving down their throats! "Oh, it's realistic." They say. "Mustn't shelter them." they say. "These things really happen." they say.
Well, maybe if we stopped forcing youth to look at the evil straight in the eye and then throw them out into the world with a simple admonition to improve it, the world really WOULD improve. Whoever came up with this idea that the only way to combat evil is to know it intimately? Really? Who says that we must know our enemy? Would it not be better to know the One who can defeat such evil intimately and shun the evil altogether? YES, YES, a THOUSAND TIMES YES!
Thus, I hated reading this book. And I will not read it again. And I will not recommend it to anyone. And I sincerely hope I am never forced to shove it down our young people's throats. But you can be sure that if I do, I will precede instruction with a statement similar to the ones above and emphasize that this book is NOT something I choose.
Gilgamesh wants to live forever, so naturally he goes on a quest fraught with deadly peril to find the cure for mortality!
Ah, epic classic literature,Gilgamesh wants to live forever, so naturally he goes on a quest fraught with deadly peril to find the cure for mortality!
Ah, epic classic literature, why are you so silly/funny?
Surely there is SOMETHING out there that we can force students to read that actually 1) means something and 2) is not disgustingly sad. If not, then literature is much less important than I ever thought it was. ...more
Yet another depressing work of literature forced upon English students by people who believe that the literature canon must only consist of books thatYet another depressing work of literature forced upon English students by people who believe that the literature canon must only consist of books that say "life sucks." Well, life DOESN'T suck! But you wouldn't know this by reading this book... Also, it is actually perfectly possible for a woman to be happy and content and fulfilled and SATISFIED being "just" a wife and mother. If that is her purpose, AWESOME! It's an important job!...more