buckbooks, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by buckbooks)
I watch the movie every few months as a sort of cleansing action for the soul, but there are scenes in the book that the movie leaves out that greatly enhance the reading experience. In the movie, for example, Reverend Sykes famously tells Scout to stand as Atticus leaves the courtroom because, "Your father's passing." In the book, Calipurnia actually takes Jem and Scout to attend services at her church, and we see Reverend Sykes in further action. He takes up a special collection for the Tom Robinson family, but won't allow his congregants to leave until they've ponied up $10. We also learn Mrs. Dubose's backstory and why she's so mean to Scout.
Danielle M, June 26, 2013 (view all comments by Danielle M)
Somehow, I was never assigned this brilliant novel in school and would have gladly taken it over "The Scarlet Letter" any day. It may have been written over fifty years ago, but the novel's themes of justice, compassion, and courage are every bit as relevant today. (Particularly in light of the Supreme Court's DOMA decision.) But these themes never feel heavy-handed or preachy, especially as explored by Scout Finch, one of the most delightfully stubborn yet true and honest narrators of all time. The way Lee is able to impart such wisdom through the thoughts and struggles of a young, innocent child is truly astonishing.
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Vanessa De Leon, January 16, 2013 (view all comments by Vanessa De Leon)
Loved it! I feel in love with the father because his personality and morals. This is a book that will make you think; yet, still keep a little bit of naive thoughts from the perspective of a child.
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Nieyda, January 8, 2013 (view all comments by Nieyda)
I loved this book. Both parts of the book are very well-done, and although each seems to be separate at first, Lee does a great job of weaving in themes from the first into the second. The children have very child-like perspectives. They do not seem adult beyond their years. Every character - particularly each of the Finches - is distinctive. I liked how Atticus shows depth. He is not heroic simply because of who he is defending as an attorney but his entire outlook on the case and its significance to his family and career. This book seems so simple, but it's about several things at once - racism, injustice, social status, innocence, accusation, and experience.
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We didn't read this in high school. The assigned book was The Scarlet Letter, which was already a favorite of mine. Recently, however, I decided that I'd ignored To Kill a Mockingbird for too long. If you haven't read it, or if it's been awhile since you last played with Scout, Jem, and Dill, then I urge you to tag along. I read it slowly, as I knew I'd never read it again for the first time. There are no big operatic moments and yet I found myself weeping several times. Its power lies just beneath its deceptively simple sentences. It may be an almost-perfect book.
One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has earned many distinctions since its original publication in 1960. It won the Pulitzer Prize, has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and been made into an enormously popular movie. Most recently, librarians across the country gave the book the highest of honors by voting it the best novel of the twentieth century.
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