Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Book Review - To Kill A Mockingbird

This year one of my goals is to read the Pulitzer Prize winners in fiction and review them here on my blog.
To Kill a Mockingbird, the 1961 winner, is a classic that I've read and enjoyed before. I've also seen the movie and a couple of theatre productions over the last several years, however I had forgotten that there's a scrapbook mentioned in the book. Do you remember reading about it? It's just mentioned as part of a larger story, but it somehow jumped out at me as I was reading this fascinating book again last month.

This story is set in Alabama in the 1930s and is told from the perspective of Scout as she looks back on several years of her childhood. It's a story of prejudice and love and integrity and hatred and poverty and kindness and innocence and growing up. It's been several years since I've read the book, so I had forgotten that the book starts with some of the Finch family history and a fantastic description of Maycomb. There were other details that are not included in the movie and theatrical versions that I had forgotten about, too - like Scout's aversion to school and how she was reprimanded for already knowing how to read when she entered first grade and how their aunt comes to live with them. If you've never read this classic, I highly recommend it!

Have you read this prize winning book? Did you remember the scene with the scrapbook?

Here it is: According to Miss Stephanie, Boo was siting in the livingroom cutting some items from The Maycomb Tribune to paste in his scrapbook. His father entered the room. As Mr. Radley passed by, Boo drove the scissors into his parent's leg, pulled them out, wiped them on his pants, and resumed his activities.

8 comments:

Ellyn said...

I read it way back in High School. remember nothing! I guess I better read it again :)

alexa said...

I didn't remember at all, so thank you for alerting us. And I really ought to reread this ..

Barbara Eads said...

To Kill a Mockingbird was my favorite book in the 8th grade. I've read it about 3 times.

Karen said...

This is one of my favorite books. I meant to reread it last year during it's 50th anniversary, but didn't. I'm adding it to my list. We saw a wonderful production of it at our local (professional) theater a few years ago.

Maria Ontiveros said...

i've reread it recently (twice) when my kids read it for high school, so I could help them with their reports. It is such a wonderful book! I think the book is more about growing up, and the movie is more about race.
Would love to see the play as well.
Rinda

Sian said...

It's a long time since I read this. I love that word "paste" everyone used to talk about pasting things into scrapbooks and it sounds so homely and just plain right.

Amyih said...

I didn't remember that reference to a scrapbook, but the quote you included was hard to read this morning at the breakfast table!

Sue Althouse said...

This is one of my all time favorite books. I re-read it about once a year!