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I'm planning on doing some mega reading this summer and so for inspiration I thought I'd ask what books everybody studied in IB English A1 - the IB always seem to choose really interesting texts and I need to read outside of my syllabus...

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Errr, you mean throughout that class? There were several...the following stick out the most.

Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer
Hamlet - William Shakespheare
As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
The Plague - Albert Camus
A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams
Heart of Darkness - Jospeh Conrad
Siddhartha - Herman Hesse
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Life & Times of Michael K - J. M. Coetzee
Tess of d'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
King Lear - William Shakespheare
Death of A Salesman - Arthur Miller
Songs of Innocence & Songs of Experience - William Blake
Oedipus Rex - Sophocles
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Yeah, we read a lot of the same books as clear.skies but also:

Macbeth: Shakespeare
Radiance: Louis Nowra
A Doll's House: Henrik Ibsen
Grapes of Wrath: John Steinbeck
An Evil Cradling: Brian Keenan
The Outsider: Albert Camus
Madame Bovary: Gustave Flaubert
A Man For All Seasons: Robert Bolt
Twelth Night: Shakespeare

Have fun with your reading!
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Does anyone know if the IB set a list of books that can be used for English A1 or if the school chooses whatever? I had the same idea as the OP, and it might be easier if there's a whole list of IB books.

Okay, so to add on (the ones that neither above studied):

The Bell Jar: Plath
Odyssey: Homer
Chronicle of a Death Foretold: Marquez
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Shakespeare
Waiting for Godot: Beckett
Blood Wedding: Lorca
The House of Bernarda Alba: Lorca
The American Dream: Albee
Kiss of the Spider Woman: Puig
The Cherry Orchard: Chekov
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Twain
The Great Gatsby: Fitzgerald
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Joyce
The Reader: Schlink
Like Water for Chocolate: Esquivel
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there is a prescribed book list for the majority of the books that we study as part of the A1 course but part 4 of the course is the school's free choice so I think those can be whatever the school wants.

what I've read:
Antigone - Sophocles
The Secret River - Grenville
Minimum of Two - Winton
Like Water for Chocolate - Esquivel
Madame Bovary - Flaubert
Zorba the Greek - Kazantzakis
Uncle Vanya - Chekhov
Pride and Prejudice - Austen
Othello - Shakespeare
Animal Farm - Orwell
Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? - Albee
Death of a Salesman - Miller
A Streetcar Named Desire - Williams

happy reading! i wouldnt recommend Zorba or Madame Bovary - they are intensely annoying but Madame Bovary is slightly better than Zorba even though Zorba's meant to be one of the best works of all time or something along those lines..its just too philosophical and abstract for me. :P
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hmm I did-
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
The Works of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
The Stranger by Albert Camus
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Guide by R.K. Narayan

good luck with all your reading during the summer. I wish even I could do some reading, but I already have so much work due as soon as my summer gets over..math studies project, itgs portfolio, chem options enviromental studies presentation, chem lab report, historical inv, etc.........
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So Long a Letter - Mariama Bã
The Kite Runner - Kahled Housseini *
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
The Crucible - Arthur Miller *
A view from the bridge - Arthur Miller
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald *
King Lear - William Shakespeare *
Down and Out in Paris and London - George Orwell *
1984 - George Orwell
A Hero of Our Time - Mikhail Lermontov *
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley *
The Wast Factory - Iain Banks *
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter - Mario Vargas Llosa *
Death and the Maiden - Ariel Dorfman *
20 love poems and a song of despair - Pablo Neruda *

The ones we actually used in the curriculum are marked with a *
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Thanks everyone, keep them coming! Unfortunately I've already bought Madame Bovary - oh well, I'll give it a try!
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We've only done six so far...
most of them are pretty good actually...i'll mark the better ones with a
The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthrone
Paradise of the Blind - Duong Thu Huong
Running in the Family - Michael Ondaatje
This Earth of Mankind - Pramadoetya Ananta Toer
Kiss of the Spiderwoman - Manuel Puig
Mulberry and Peach - Hualing Nieh

And the following is a list of what the other IB classes at my school are reading.
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Hedda Gabler - Henrik Ibsen
The Stranger - Albert Camus
Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
Candide - Voltaire
The Thief and the Dogs - Naguib Mahfouz
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
The House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende
The Color Purple - Alice Walker
The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
Siddartha - Hermann Hesse
The Woman in the Dunes - Kobo Abe
The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy

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The Kite Runner - Kahled Housseini *
OMG you get to read The Kite Runner for your IB English class?
it's one of my all time fav!
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We studied:

The Great Gastby - Fitzgerald
Death of a Salesman - Miller
Candide - Voltaire
The Narrative of the Captivity and the Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson - Mary Rowlandson
Thousand Cranes - Kuwabata
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Marquez
Norwegian Wood - Mukami
The Visit - Durrenmatt
Death and the Maiden - Dorfman
A Doll's House - The Visit
Stone Angel - Lawrence
A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare
Hamlet - Shakespeare
Chronicle of a Death Foretold - Marquez
Pride and Prejudice - Austin
Beloved - Morrison
As I Lay Dying - Faulkner
The Crucible - Miller

and probably some others which I can't remember lol...
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Thanks everyone, keep them coming! Unfortunately I've already bought Madame Bovary - oh well, I'll give it a try!
You might actually like it. Once we began analysing it etc. I found that I enjoyed it a bit more. It's just that the character of Madame Bovary frustrates me immensely but then again as readers that's meant to be the case...I think. :p: But I won't give much away so that's all I'm saying!
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Madame Bovary is AMAZING!!! It's one of my favourite books ever, it's so unbelievably intelligent. The first time I read it I was confused but I read criticism and reread it three times and now I love it. I wish I'd done my extended essay on it... Anyhow, my A1 books

Death in Venice -Thomas Mann
Ways of Seeing-Berger (this is a pile of rubbish and is a book of art criticism. The only reason I studied it is because my english teachers are really weird)
Waterland-Swift (rubbish)
Various Scottish poems-Carol Ann Duffy (rubbish) and some slightly less rubbish poems
A Doll's House-Ibsen (amazing)
Miss Julie-Strindberg
The Visit-Durrenmatt (slightly random but very easy to read)
Hamlet-Shakespeare (amazing)
I know why the caged bird sings-Maya Angelou (the worst thing I had to read)
The Bloody Chamber-Angela Carter (its rubbishness rivals that of the above novel)
Poetry by Robert Browning
Jane Eyre-Charlotte Bronte
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde-Stevenson
Madame Bovary-Flaubert
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We did:

Exam Texts:
1984 - George Orwell
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Jude the Obscure - Hardy (not that I ever read it)
A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch - Solzhenicannotspellhisname

Unprepared Oral Texts
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou (awful)
Beloved - Toni Morrison (probably the best book we read - it's incredible)
Othello - Shakespeare (loved it)
An anthology of various poems by Ted Hughes

World Lit 1 and 2 texts
A Doll's House - Henrik Ibsen
The Cherry Orchard - Chekhov (hated it - a Russian friend said its genius is completely lost in translation)
Oedipus Rex - Sophocles

Prepared Oral Texts
Poems by Wilfred Owen
Songs of Innocence and Experience - William Blake
Poems by Tony Harrison (amazing man - V and Bookends are my favourites)

I think that was all...
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Exam Texts:

1984 - George Orwell
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Ethan Frome - Edith Wharton
A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Others which i will not bother to group:

House of the Spirits- Allende
Jane Eyre- Bronte
Great Expectations (summer read, not part of syllabus, i was tricked = =)- Dickens
The School for Wives- Moleire
House of Bernarda Alba- Lorca
Romantic Poetry - various poets
Orwell Essays
Hamlet- Shakespeare
Nadine Gordimer's Short Stories
Hedda Gabler- Ibsen
Wide Sargasso Sea- Rhys
Sylvia Plath's Anthology of poems

EDIT: forgot about Plath
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We did many of the works you guys mentioned, plus:
Disgrace-J.M.Coetzee
Pride and Prejudice-Jane Austin
Fugitive Pieces-Anne Michaels
Night-Elie Weasil (sp?)
The Stone Angel-Margaret Lawrence
The door (poetry)-Magaret Atwood
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Wow, you guys have done so many books. This is our program:

WL:
- A Doll's House
- Antigone
- Medea

Oral:
- Macbeth
- Pride and Prejudice

Exam:
- The Great Gatsby
- 1984
- The Riders

Uncategorised:
- I'm Not Scared
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Thanks again everyone! Talespirit, did you only read selected essays by George Orwell? I only ask that because the full text scares me!
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I love how many things we get to read; maybe the best thing about IB!

Dante's Inferno (amazing.)
The Third Man, Graham Greene
The Plays of Samuel Beckett
Mezzanine, Nicholson Baker (very funny)
The Tempest (Shakes)
Climate of Fear, Wole Soyinka
Heart of Darkness, Conrad
The Poetry of Seamus Heaney
Madame Bovary, Flaubert
Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Márquez
Blood Wedding, Lorca

But I've only done the first year, so we'll get some more next year I think.
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This year we've only done a few:

The House of the Spirits -- Isabel Allende
Chronicle of a Death Foretold -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Broken April --Ismail Kadare
The Alchemist -- Paulo Coelho
The Turn of the Screw -- Henry James
The Crucible -- Arthur Miller

We've also studied alot of Sylvia Plath's poems as well as T.S Elliots.
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The Handmaid's Tale- Margaret Atwood
The Lovely Bones- Alice Sebold
Candide- Voltaire
Death and the Maiden- Ariel Dorfman
Life of Pi- Yann Martel
Antigone- Sophocles
Hedda Gabler- Henrik Ibsen
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