My younger sister is doing a big project for her Honors English class. The book she chose to do it on is One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I haven’t read this book for 6 years, but offering her suggestions, giving feedback, and proof-reading as brought back some surprising memories.
When I was in 6th grade, I read the book, having never heard of it before. At that point, I was too young to recgonize foreshadowing, and I really didn’t understand that sometimes the bad guys win. When the lead character (just blanked on his name) died, I was absolutely shocked. I completely didn’t see that coming. I was horrified! I still think about it to this day, and I can apply logic to it. (It’s pretty obvious now). But I will never forget the total disappointment and revulsion I felt when he was wheeled into his room after his lobotomy. I have refused to read the book since then, and last week my sister was watching the movie, I couldn’t even watch with them.
Maybe one day I’ll be able to read it again, or at least watch it, but I don’t think that’ll happen for awhile.
So, which book were you totally blindsided by when you were younger, before you understood foreshadowing/symbolism/unhappy endings? Does it still affect you on any level?