Students are encouraged to obtain personal copies of the texts we will study in English 5 IB HL so they can highlight and/or mark them with their own notations; in some cases, texts will be available from the school, but these cannot be written in.

Below are brief descriptions of the English 5 IB texts.

The Hebrew Bible: Genesis. THE book of beginnings. A crafty serpent, a doomed tower, the worst natural disaster of all time, and the world’s most famous dysfunctional family.

Cormac McCarthy, The Road. A road trip to Myrtle Beach…what could be more fun? Except for the cannibals, of course.

Herman Melville, Moby Dick. A diabolical sea captain risks it all…but for what? This great Romantic adventure might be the greatest American novel.

Marianne Satrapi, Persepolis. A graphic memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway.  I don’t know how she does it! Clarissa is planning a party, and as usual, she has her act together…or does she?  Nothing is as it seems in this brilliant Modernist novel.

Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day.  Don’t let the name fool you:  Ishiguro is thoroughly English. In this modern novel of manners and missed opportunities, a butler goes for a drive and considers the larger meaning of his life’s journey.

Ian McEwan, Atonement.  A magisterial novel of England during WWII, Atonement is a love story, a war story, a study of social class, and surprisingly, an insightful exploration of writing and why it matters.  It all comes together in McEwan’s moving tale.

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