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Write what books you were given in english a1 SL and if you liked them or not :)

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We had the Kite Runner, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Great Gatsby, and Pygmalion. :)

All 4 were interesting, even though I'm not particularly fond of Pygmalion. XD

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Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert (bearable)

The Sorrow of War - Bao Ninh (amazing)

Macbeth - William Shakespeare (alright, I never liked Shakespeare)

Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (alright)

Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe (a pretty good book)

The Turn of the Screw - Henry James (takes a while to truly enjoy)

Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad (the only IB book I was never able to finish)

The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (fun only when you analyze)

The House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende (also amazing)

Jump and Other Short Stories - Nadine Gordimer (eerie, nice, but eerie)

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In English A L&L the SL students have been given these books so far:

- Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw (Enjoyable, funny at times, really liked it)

- A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen (I'd read it before, funny to see how the work was translated into English)

- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Very interesting, nice to read some African literature in English class for a change)

- Hamlet by Shakespeare (I'd read it before, but I saw a lot more interesting aspects of it this time since I tried to analyze it more)

The HL students have read Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (funny, strong message) as well, but that's the only difference so far.

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A thousand splendid suns (interesting but needs more material no analize)

A streetcar named desire (amazing!)

the zoo story

the catcher in the rye

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In my year we read:

Brave New World, The Bluest Eye, The Merchant of Venice, Antigone

Crime and Punishment, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, House of the Spirits

The Bell Jar, Hamlet, The Mill on the Floss, a bunch of poems by John Donne

Hedda Gabler, Waiting for Godot, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

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100 years of solitude, dances with wolves, tughlaq, things fall apart, the adventures of huckleberry finn, istanbul:memories and the city

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i started this year,

we're taking A doll's house, pygmalion, death of a salesman, antigone, things fall apart, 1984

there are more but i can't remember em

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So far, we're reading Huck Finn and The Great Gatsby. The Great Gatsby was pretty good, but I can tell I'm not gonna like annotating Huck Finn.

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For World Lit:

Pablo Neruda - Selected Poems

Albert Camus - The Stranger, The Plague

Clarice Lispector - Family Ties, The Hour of the Star

Other- Mostly Plays:

Shakespeare - Hamlet

Orwell's Essays, 1984

Samuel Beckett - Waiting for Godot

Arthur Miller - Death of a Salesman

Margaret Atwood - A Handmaid's Tale

William Blake - Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Tom Stoppard - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

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World Lit:
kiss of the spider woman - manuel puig

paradise of the blind - duong thu huong

the assault - harry mulisch

bereft

the things they carried

timberlake wertenbaker; plays

macbeth

mules and men

there are others but i can't remember.
i'm doing my IOP on bereft so if anyone else has studied it, reply and we can get in touch! :)

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I just finished the course (English A HL Lang and Lit) and we were given:

World Lit/Texts in Translation:

Medea by Euripedes

Paradise of the Blind by Duong Thu Huong

HL - Miss Julie by August Strindberg

IOC:

Othello by Shakespeare

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

HL - poems by T.S. Eliot

IOP:

The Fiftieth Gate by Mark Baker

The Island by Alistair McLeod

Poems by Gwen Harwood and Kenneth Slessor

Paper 2 (final exam):

Cosi

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Master Harold and the Boys

HL - Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

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We have done Kenneth Slessor poems (some were good others not as much), Othello (Surprising liked it, which is the first time I can say that for a Shakespeare play) and A handmaids tale by Margret Atwood (interesting, although it was slow and nothing really happened. It was a bit like a boring 1984)

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We just finished The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera and now we're starting with the Smell of Apples! :)

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We read Housekeeping, Snow Country, Madame Bovary, The Stone of Laughter, and Madame Bovary.

I really enjoyed The Stone of Laughter and Housekeeping, but found a hard time appreciating the other two as much.

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God of Small things, Things Fall Apart, The Great Gatsby, 1984 and the play A streetcar named Desire.

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World Lit:

Pablo Neruda - Selected Poems

One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich

IOP:

Maus

Handmaid's Tail

Seamus Heaney - Open Grounded

IOC:

Hamlet

Ted Hughes (I don't know which book)

Paper 2:

Death of a Salesman

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

The Royal Hunt of the Sun

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Junior year semester 1:

  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Collected essays

Junior year semester 2:

  • Chronicle of a Death Foretold
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • Ghosts

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