I had to read this in high school and found it tedious and pointless. Then, when I was in grad school, I was working in the lab running samples, which involved sitting and waiting for the machine to run for 7-1/2 minutes before I changed the sample. Someone had dropped a copy of GE in the hall outside my lab, where it lay for three days. Desperate for something to occupy my mind, I picked it up and started to read. I was amazed at how much better it had become in that time! The movie is also fine. Check them both out!