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February 16, 2005

Ideal Reading Ages for Novels

Colin Danby writes:

Hemingway's sensibility was adolescent, so it's not like there are a lot of depths and subtleties that'll only be grasped by an adult.... And his kitschier stuff like _The Old Man and the Sea_ probably shouldn't be read by anyone *over* 14. Some books want to be read early. I didn't get to _On the Road_ 'til I was 30 by which point I no longer found that sort of thing charming. But at 15 I would've loved it. For Graham Greene or Ralph Ellison you need to have been out in the world a few years. It would be interesting to attempt a list of novels and ideal reading ages -- maybe someone out there has done it.

This seems like a job for... the internet! Unfortunately neither Google nor Ask is turning this up.

Posted by DeLong at February 16, 2005 09:12 AM