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message 1: by Meels (new)

Meels I should re-read that. I only vaguely remember it. Old age, senility and all that...

message 2: by Kim (new)

Kim I felt the same way, Ames... it's definitely worth a refresher.

message 3: by [deleted user] (last edited Oct 15, 2009 09:16PM) (new)

'hot enough to melt the balls off a brass monkey'

Nice one, Skimmers. (The review and the metaphor.)

I was assigned this one in freshman English but never got around to reading it. Thank you, Cliff Notes.

message 4: by ScottK (new)

ScottK UHM...Hi ! Loved the book,love your review of it. Just popped in to say it is cold in Bama in Oct................. Just sayin'. : )

message 5: by Kim (last edited Oct 16, 2009 01:27PM) (new)

Kim Thanks, Scott!!... uh... I live in Vermont... what's your definition of cold? :)

Jackie "the Librarian" Is it even possible to not like Atticus Finch?

message 7: by Kim (new)

Kim It's far past 'like' with me, Jackie... far.

Jackie "the Librarian" And now I suspect you are picturing Gregory Peck, Kim... ;)

message 9: by Sandi (new)

Sandi Wonderful review! This is my all-time favorite book. Every time I read it, I get something different out of it.

message 10: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Kim, Great review! Sandi, This is probably my favorite book too. It certainly was when I read it for the first time when I was 11 or 12. (I'd seen the movie when it first came out when I was 9 so I knew the gist of the story.) I've reread it so many times but not for over a decade. It might be time for another reread.

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Wonderful review, Kim. You are not alone in your fixation on Atticus Finch. I adore him. I thought I was weird for so many years because of my feelings for this character. I can't decide if I want to marry him or have him be my honorary dad.

message 12: by Kim (new)

Kim Thank you! I feel the same way Danielle... and it will provide discussions for many more therapy sessions, I'm sure.

And now I suspect you are picturing Gregory Peck, Kim... ;)

well, there's that. :)

message 13: by Sandi (new)

Sandi Gregory Peck was sooooo dreamy. Why aren't actors today as hot as Gregory Peck, Clark Gable, et al?

message 14: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Gregory Peck was in a class of his own, oh and well maybe Jimmy Stewart too. I just loved Peck as Atticus!

message 15: by Sandi (new)

Sandi What about Humphrey Bogart? He wasn't classically handsome, but he was sexy. Harrison Ford is kind of the same type, but I don't see anyone in the new generation of actors who fits the bill.

message 16: by Amy (new)

Amy I agree. No actors around that match Gregory Peck these days.

message 17: by Beth (new)

Beth Kim, wow!

I love the thoughts and the place that reading this book brought you. My "south" was Texas in the 50s/60s with lots going on of which I was unaware. It is only upon reflection that I see hints of the larger issues that were about.

My father, a prosecutor with a seersucker suit, resembled Atticus in so many of the important ways.

He would have been able to shoot that dog down at an even greater distance and by the time I was scout's age, I could have too.

That we were taught to shoot and were taken hunting seems a cliche, but it was with the utmost reverence for where we were and what we were doing as well as with safety and respect for weaponry.

He also cared and provided for his fellow human beings. He shared that humanity. He gave legal advice and services to many with "payments" in whatever they had to offer, often just a handshake and a smile. He took the fruits of our hunting and gathering to people who were in need.

His ethics were nearly flawless. He taught us what it meant to hate and to perpetuate that hate and the terrible legacy of small mindedness. His father, a klansman, left an indelible impression on generations. He rejected that message and supported our formation as ALL our brother's keepers.

However, he wasn't humble. He took pride in his abilities and those of his children. Even when he called us brats, we could feel that love.

That love and value system has seen me far in this difficult world. I thank the powers that be for that support and strength and I feel it when I even hear the opening music to the movie made from Harper Lee's book or dip once again into the pages and go back to those warm summer nights and roaming the neighborhood watching and waiting for Boo Radley.

message 18: by Kim (new)

Kim Wow, Beth! Thanks for that post! It's good to know that Atticus Finch still lives!!

message 19: by Beth (new)

Beth Lived...and you are more than welcome. I read your post followed by mine to my husband, another southerner, born and raised in New Orleans in the 1940s. Then we both teared up.

Not everyone gets or is really meant to get this book. That you do and that it is important because of your background instead of in spite of it, is a gift, especially to me. That no matter our ages, we can be scout and walk with her on a leafy, blowing evening at dusk...the power of storytelling.

I'm going to try and friend you, so look for me.

message 20: by Rc (new)

Rc This is the most heartfelt review I've ever read.

message 21: by Kim (new)

Kim Well, thanks, Rc. That's real sweet of you. ;)

message 22: by Elisabeth (new)

Elisabeth This made me tear up a bit.

message 23: by Amy (last edited Oct 28, 2010 10:59PM) (new)

Amy Ah great review. Your first paragraph has clicked into my mind that you're great at visualizing things. ^_^

I enjoyed reading this review, and what your opinions were for this book. It's fun to read other people's opinions about things. Keep up the great reviews!

message 24: by Kim (new)

Kim Thanks, Amy!

message 25: by Ted (new)

Ted So you've got all that to say about your father (Budweiser, racial slurs, sissies) and you're prejudiced against the South?

I won't say your feelings about the South are wrong. But basically, every place is that bad. I say this from my experience of living and working in 10 different states all over the US.

I like the South, the traces of gentility that remain, the sense of a lost culture and history. The Southerners of Scout's world were a defeated people, and that set them apart from the rest of our country, gave them a sort of group tragedy.

No, I don't mean to apologize or forgive for the awful things that have been done there. But I'd challenge you to find a region of North America that doesn't have terrible incidents in its history, and terrible people in its present.

I didn't really come here looking for something to chastise. I liked your review of Mockingbird, one of my favorite books too for many of the reasons you give. But I was struck by the comments even as I was reminded of my own rantings against parental prejudice (my mother, who turned cold as ice when I announced I was marrying someone not of her race).

message 26: by Tere (new)

Tere This is one of my top rated books of all time I have read it several times and will again its just my style and interest me in relation to its history and location but mostly it purpose.

message 27: by Keerthi (new)

Keerthi perfect!

message 28: by Francis (new)

Francis Majors Well. I haven't gotten to participate yet as I would have liked but; nevertheless , have almost finished reading it. Oh if I had more time. I'm a southerner living in New York City and have interesting observations about the south but don't have time at the moment.

message 29: by Adi Narayan (new)

Adi Narayan Mandalemula WOW! Simply WOW! Are you are writer? You can may be write a book as good as To Kill a Mocking Bird. You have some passion. Some force. You have a talent for writing. WOW! What a rev.... WOW! Super! WOW! What a review! Delighted to read it from the first to last. Again I say to myself after reading this review - WOW!

message 30: by Kim (new)

Kim Thank you Aditya... that is very kind of you. :)

message 31: by Danae (new)

Danae When I was reading this for school, I thought it would just be another book that ended in a tragedy , like Of Mice & Men, that we had finished not too long before we started TKAM. When I read almost any line of Atticus', I melt as well because like you, Kim, I have Daddy issues as well. Thus was the kind of dad I've always wanted and that's what I love about books. You cab go into that world and practically live there when you read it for the first time and then when you read it again and again, you feel as if you're coming home into the safety on someones arms.
Great job onthis review and I hope you relationship between your dad has did improve at some point in time.

message 32: by Kim (new)

Kim Thanks, Danae!

message 33: by Jean Marie (new)

Jean Marie Angelo Hi Elizabeth. One of my book group is going to revisit To Kill a Mockingbird this summer. Can't think of a better time to read it. Wonderful documentary on PBS about the friendship and estrangement of Harper Lee and Truman Capote. Catch it if you can. Peace to you.

message 34: by Betsey (new)

Betsey C. Heartwarming review Kim!

message 35: by Kim (new)

Kim Thanks, Betsey!

message 36: by Zhanitah (new)

Zhanitah That's not pretty at all

message 37: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Copple One doesn't need to have daddy issues to see that Atticus is a model father as well as a model man. Lovely review. This was my favorite book when I read it in school and is still my favorite book now. I'm 42 as well and have read it twice more since school. I don't think I've ever been inclined to read any books more than once since my Dr Seuss days. I think I might read it again now that your review has sparked the memory of its epicness again!

message 38: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Greg wrote: "The author of this book has grown rich brainwashing schoolchildren and simple adults with this trash. Harper Lee even had the temerity to exploit the voice of a child to inculcate her poison into receptive minds. It's not suitable for schoolchildren at all, being a work of propaganda that is focused on negative stereotypes and heavy symbolism that denigrates white people, while do its utmost to embellish archetypes of African Americans. The book is simply a vehicle for the civil rights movement and part of the chicanery that has led to the criminal and socially unstable quagmire that the USA is today. Children who have not learned to think for themselves should not be subjected to this indulgence in misrepresentation."


Flagged for hate speech, though I don't know if Goodreads will care.

message 39: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan There is more & more of this hatred at Goodreads. It was incredibly rare to have this expressed on Goodreads when I joined 6 years ago.

I'd love to blame it on the sale to Amazon, but I probably can't.

message 40: by Kim (new)

Kim Wow indeed! Thanks, Lisa... incredible.. I almost have to laugh.

message 41: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Kim wrote: "Wow indeed! Thanks, Lisa... incredible.. I almost have to laugh."


message 42: by Sandi (new)

Sandi Lisa wrote: "There is more & more of this hatred at Goodreads. It was incredibly rare to have this expressed on Goodreads when I joined 6 years ago.

I'd love to blame it on the sale to Amazon, but I probably c..."

This is the first time I've seen anything like this. I just find it hard to believe that there are people who still think like this in 2013. Then again, I've just been reading about the Paula Deen scandal and am just shaking my head.

message 43: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Sandi, someone like this comments on some of the reviews of a friend of mine, and has been for a long time, but much of this stuff I've noticed coinciding with the Goodreads = Amazon situation. It's probably s coincidence. I've seen and heard about too much ugliness so I'm not surprised it's out there, but I am surprised it's made its way here to Goodreads. I never saw anything like it in 2007. Stuff 1/4 as awful was immediately tended to and an end was put to it. Unfortunately, things have changed and are continuing to change. And not for the better.

message 44: by Sandi (new)

Sandi Most of the ugliness I've seen has been when I or someone else has dared to declare a dislike of something that a gazillion people love. Even a well thought out criticism of some works will lead to some very ugly responses. It's one of the reasons I always try to "like" reviews that are well-written even if I don't agree with them and post something to the effect of "Well, I loved the book, but I can see your points and can understand why you didn't like it." Some people call that civil discourse.

message 45: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Exactly, Sandi. I'm like that too. I never comment on people's opinions of books, other than nicely agreeing or disagreeing and saying why. However, that's different that people's opinions about certain aspects of life.

message 46: by [deleted user] (new)

Kim, I wanted to affirm your beautiful review, which was Proust-like and rich in sensory experience and memory. I love reading personal accounts, like yours, of how a great book changed a life, softened a heart, created a hunger, helped to articulate a disappointment, or changed an attitude. I can see from the comment thread that Harper Lee still has her work cut out for her. Victor Hugo, in his epigraph to Les Miserables, wrote, "while ignorance and poverty persist on earth books such as this cannot fail to be of value."

message 47: by Kim (new)

Kim Thank you, Steve. I have enjoyed your reviews as well. :)

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message 49: by Maddiepanda (new)

Maddiepanda My mum made me read the book because she said it was good. I should have read your review first because, if possible, I would have liked it even better.

message 50: by Kim (new)

Kim Oh, that's sweet. Thank you.

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