A weekly meme hosted @ The Blue Bookcase.
This week's topic is:
Discuss a work of literary merit that you hated when you were made to read it in school or university. Why did you dislike it?
I'm not much for dumping on books that I didn't like. It's not that I sugarcoat my reviews or write dishonestly, but I have had many meme questions about least favourite books read during the year & that's why Jonathan Franzen gets picked on so much here ;D So I won't go after him this time.
Similarly to Melody @ Fingers & Prose, I had a less than effective (i.e. terrible) student teacher in grade 10 and we were made to read Shakespeare's Macbeth and George Orwell's Animal Farm under his "tutelage." It was a nightmare and I've held a (likely unfortunate) grudge against these two literary works since. I recounted my high school reading experiences in my Harking Back series of posts.
As for university, I had a rough time getting through some early texts in my Canadian lit course, including Roughing It in the Bush by Suzanna Moodie and A Strange Manuscript in a Copper Cylinder by James DeMille. I hadn't heard of either before taking the course & haven't seen it mentioned anywhere since. Comments on these books were posted in my fourth year university reading experience post.