To Kill A Mockingbird

(30 Posts)
BeauNeidel Fri 16-Nov-12 21:55:58

I remember reading this as a child in school (Year 9 I think) and finding it really boring. I'm re-reading it now as I really really want to buy one of these for my Kindle.

I am loving it. I really remember so little of it, it's like a brand new book for me, and right up my street!

Anyone else know and love it? Or rediscovered something like this? I just can't believe I disregarded it for so long tbh - I did American Studies at university, and lots of American literature. I wish we'd revisited it then, it feels like a real treat reading it now.

mixedmamameansbusiness Tue 27-Nov-12 20:43:33

Oh yes, the film is excellent. Brilliantly cast and true to Harper Lee.

Jux Tue 27-Nov-12 17:27:04

It's one of my all time favourites; it's a classic.

I like those Kindle covers, and thought I'd get one for my brother, only to see that they seem to have confused Astronomy with astrology. Very disappointing. Why? Why? Why? <Jux spontaneously combusts as a result of general ignorance in the book world>

porridgewithalmondmilk Tue 27-Nov-12 16:52:42

Love it smile

I am very lucky as I am a secondary English teacher so I get to teach it, too!

CrikeyOHare Thu 22-Nov-12 22:05:07

Niggle It'll enhance your enjoyment, I promise. Truly the perfect adaptation of a perfect book. And I defy you not to fall in love with Gregory Peck/Atticus Finch wink

Nigglenaggle Thu 22-Nov-12 21:41:12

I'm pleased to hear the film is good. I was wondering about seeing it but was worried it would spoil the book which I really enjoyed.

misstrunchball Wed 21-Nov-12 19:31:27

I had never read it but my DD1 is doing it for her GCSE so thought I would so she had someone to talk to about it.

I enjoyed it but feel I need to read it again just for pleasure as I feel I would get so much more out of it. Got confused with all the people though!

CrikeyOHare Wed 21-Nov-12 15:39:00

Wonderful, wonderful book.

Have you seen the film, OP? It is the only time ever (I think) that a film has been every bit as good as the book it's based on. Gregory Peck as Atticus is absolutely perfect.

Ordinarily, I'm not such a heathen to recommend a film on a book thread blush, but this is the one and only exception, I reckon smile

I love reading but books tend not to "stay" with me. This one absolutely is part of me. I love it.

tiggy114 Sun 18-Nov-12 17:31:34

I have never read this so just ordred a copy off greenmetropolis. Looking forward to it smile

mixedmamameansbusiness Sun 18-Nov-12 12:39:35

I read it at school, and have always absolutely loved it. I have read it many many times. I also read Of Mice and Men because the opposite class read that instead and I didn't want to miss out!!

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Sun 18-Nov-12 10:54:13

The best book I've ever read, funny, poignant, serious.
Just incredibly beautifully written. Ahh, think I may have to dig out my copy again.

thewhistler Sun 18-Nov-12 10:41:38

It always comes top of the lists of books that changed your life.

But I love it too. It is so beautifully written, the sub themes are brilliant too. I love the child coming to a meal who pours corn syrup over everything and how that is used in the Lynch mob scene, how the awful aunt is so courageous, the description of intercourse or rape or adultery. And the atmosphere.

PrincessSymbian Sat 17-Nov-12 21:49:41

I read it for the first time a couple of years ago, I was on holiday in Mexico and I had ran out if reading material. The shop at the hotel was full of Danielle steel type books, really not my thing and a copy of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. So I bought it and was gripped, such an amazing book.

mammmamia Sat 17-Nov-12 21:40:59

Love it, and love the name Scout!

HappyHippyChick Sat 17-Nov-12 21:35:01

Ooh it's our book club book this month, I've never read it. Sounds like I'm in for a real treat.

BestIsWest Sat 17-Nov-12 21:33:02

Adored it as a teen, still love it now, one of the best. Must get DS to read it.

pointythings Sat 17-Nov-12 21:30:46

I read this in Year 9 and absolutely loved it even then, but I was always the swotty kid. Am certainly going to encourage the DDs to read it (DD1 in Yr 7 now, so not yet!), I think it is a graet book.

Nigglenaggle Sat 17-Nov-12 20:57:13

Loved it when Boo Radley comes to rescue them smile And love Atticus for having the courage of his cconvictions smile

sleeplessinsuburbia Sat 17-Nov-12 01:57:57

Me too. I have a Jem at home!

nellyjelly Fri 16-Nov-12 22:37:53

Love it.

BeauNeidel Fri 16-Nov-12 22:37:07

No, I couldn't find it either - lots of notes though!

I have been naughty and downloaded a free PDF of it blush

I'm teaching it right now. Year 9 weren't overwhelmed by it to begin with but seem to be getting it now grin Love that cover. Bit ironic that you can't actually buy it on the kindle though (can you? I can't find it!)

peeriebear Fri 16-Nov-12 22:29:37

I've not read it since school, but I did steal my copy blush I might get it on the Kindle though.
I remember welling up when Scout finally meets Boo Radley.

BeauNeidel Fri 16-Nov-12 22:21:33

choceyes - kind of wish more children were on the cards just so I could too!

I'm just so surprised I didn't like it in school, I guess my literary tastes have really changed over the years.

Also, I wasn't expecting to find it so funny! Scout is just hilarious!

Amazing book.

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