Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Banned book

Mental Multivitamin reminds us that Sept 23-30 is "Read A Banned Books Week".

On the list is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

I want to know why I did not read this again after reading it once (only once?) in high school English class.

It is so good. The characters, the small town Southern life, the message, Atticus Finch.

And Harper Lee's writing! I loved it:

"It was a gala occasion. There was no room at the public hitching rail for another animal, mules and wagons were parked under every available tree. The courthouse square was covered with picnic parties sitting on newspapers, washing down biscuit and syrup with warm milk from fruit jars. Some people were gnawing on cold chicken and cold fried pork chops. The more affluent chased their food with drugstore Coca-Cola in bulb shaped soda glasses. Greasy-faced children popped-the-whip through the crowd, and babies lunched at their mothers' breasts." (p.162)


What made the book so much more enjoyable was that I read the newish biography of Harper Lee out called "Mockingbird" (see my side bar). Read together with "To Kill A Mockingbird", it made a pretty pair.

So I encourage you to pick it back up if you haven't, and read (or re-read) "To Kill A Mockingbird".

I've got the movie waiting for this weekend: a date with hubby.

1 comment:

L.L. Barkat said...

Date with husband... what a concept. :)