Her style is out of this world funny and knowledgeable. Ah, we need to let high school students have a look in this book! The book is exactly what the subtitle says "An irreverent guide to the classics, from Homer to Faulkner". Each classic book is graded on Importance, Difficulty, and Fun, and she of course admits that that is a very subjective scale she has graded these on. She is not always trying to be dead serious, which is what I like, but some other bibliophiles that have reviewed this book have a problem with that. 4 stars.
The writing is exquisite, intellectually so rewarding, and she makes you think. There was much more anti-woman stuff going on in academia going on back then, but some things are still the same. And many things that we struggle with today have not changed at all, and they are not based on gender. People unwilling to change, people that want too much change, the will to look beyond what you have learned in the class, the willingness to discuss without arguing, and so on.
I admire her, she has been a big inspiration in my recent work. She tries to change the view of some older professors, make reformations in educational thinking, and is seen as a rebellion, but it is how things have to be done. The world changes and so do we and so do how we do things. This book I am keeping! 5 stars.
Grade? I am not sure. Maybe 2-3 stars, but it has certainly historic interest and I would have loved this book when I was 12-14 years old. I learned a lot of useful information that I probably won't have much use for in my life, but that is OK. One day it might come in very handy.