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Opinions sought on Nectar in a Sieve as a summer reading book.My seventeen year old...

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coachtallen | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 31, 2008 at 6:33 PM via web

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Opinions sought on Nectar in a Sieve as a summer reading book.

My seventeen year old son's english department has assigned this book for summer reading.  When I went to the book store to pick it up the clerk stated to me, "tell me this is not a summer reading book."   I replied, "yes, why?".  "Is it for your daughter?".  "No, my son."  "Oh, this is going to be TORTURE!".  With that I began to read.  I am currently 1/2 way through and I am extremely exhausted.  I thought that summer reading was not only to expand horizons but to also be enjoyable and enriching.  I can empathize with the character, but I feel as though this novel is more of a political paper.  The events of the book and the actions of it's characters is appauling and I have no desire to expose my son to it.  May be when he is older and more exposed to the world for what is truley out there, Ok, but as an impressionable young man I feel it is totally inappropriate.  Anyone feel the same or am just too old fashioned.

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mejwestut | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted September 1, 2011 at 6:24 AM (Answer #2)

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I am perplexed. Your statements, "events in the book" and "actions of the characters is appalling(sic)" does not address the particulars you find objectionable. I would also need more information regarding why you feel the novel is a "political paper". Perhaps you could elaborate?

I enjoyed the novel as are my 9th and 10th grade students.

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