Saturday, July 23, 2011

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I'm so glad I finally read this. I noticed it was on a lot of lists of "best books" or "books everyone should read." I've been meaning to read it but my copy had a ripped cover, so I'd been putting it off. I didn't have to put up with the ripped cover for long, because the book was a very quick read.

The only good thing about my cat being sick, and me having to give her hour-long tube feedings is I have a lot of time every day where I am just sitting around and can't do much but read. I am trying to take advantage of this and read as much as I can.

The book is great, just like everyone says. I thought the main characters were complete in a way that makes me understand why people say the characters had to be based on people that Lee actually knew. I want to read more about Lee's life, and I was delighted to find out that the character Dill is supposed to be based on Truman Capote. Lee's writing style is friendly and engaging.

I do think this is still an important book to read, and when it came out in 1960 it must have been revolutionary.

The sad part is that Lee only wrote one book. I would love to see how her writing evolved over the years.

I am looking forward to seeing the movie now, which I have heard was really good.


At 3:35 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I loved the book, and the movie is one of my all-time favorites. We saw it on a rainy Saturday afternoon during grad school years when it came on network TV, and I couldn't believe I hadn't seen it before--it was just SO fabulous, even in black and white. Maybe I'll watch it again this week-end. Scorching hot weather makes for a good movie week-end too.

At 5:40 PM, Blogger Valerie Loveland said...

I really have to get that movie from the library!


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