Originally Posted by Jackobyte
As for our comparative texts, we were told today that we'd be studying "Sive" by John B. Keane, "Circle of Friends" by Maeve Binchy(ugh!) and "Casablanca" as our film.
Definitely 'ugh!' to Circle of Friends. While it's a very good novel in terms of reading, it's a ridiculous inclusion on the Leaving Cert list. I'm not being snobbish about Binchy at all, but it's a very, very long novel with a huge list of minor characters and just isn't exciting enough to sustain students' interest. There is a film on it, which can sometimes help, but as far as I remember, it doesn't include most of the book so that's out!