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Gowgirl Thu 04-Aug-16 20:50:02

Every time I read this I want to cry, yet I still keep going back.....anyone want to discuss?

acasualobserver Thu 04-Aug-16 20:55:45

A critic at the time described it as, "Sugar water served with humor." She was right. Sorry.

JenniferYellowHat1980 Thu 04-Aug-16 20:55:56

I have taught it too many damn times to have any emotional response to it whatsoever now. I can't bear to teach books I love for exams.

Amelie10 Thu 04-Aug-16 20:56:39

Found this to be one of the most overrated books.

Gowgirl Thu 04-Aug-16 20:59:02

Strange I still love this story, it becomes more currant every time as people are so judgy

Gowgirl Thu 04-Aug-16 21:05:45

To me this story is about tolerance and seriously good parenting, crunches it's not about the breastfeeding more about how you explain-- the fucked up-- world you live in!

Gowgirl Thu 04-Aug-16 21:09:52

I think I'm going to start a book club......

Waltermittythesequel Thu 04-Aug-16 21:10:16

I feel like I should have liked it more than I did.

I liked it. I cried. But I was more underwhelmed than anything else. I don't get the hype though I admit it's beautifully written.

deadringer Thu 04-Aug-16 21:10:27

One of my favourite novels, i love it.

ATrumpIsAFartCalledDonald Thu 04-Aug-16 21:14:38

Embarrassed to say I've never read it though it's such a popular book.

VanillaSugar Thu 04-Aug-16 21:17:04

You get lots of girls called Scout, but not many boys called Jem. Discuss.

bleedingnora Thu 04-Aug-16 21:21:15

No idea as I love the name Jem. Think it's a really strong name. Never met one tho.

Gowgirl Thu 04-Aug-16 21:26:12

Dead ringer- do you think the ewells or the family are the important aspect?

VanillaSugar Thu 04-Aug-16 21:28:18

Jem would be regarded as a girl's name now,sadly. I fell in love with Gregory Peck watching this film.

Gowgirl Thu 04-Aug-16 21:29:24

Walter- it's the perfect saga of the one parent family, and I have to say atticus does it well!

bleedingnora Thu 04-Aug-16 21:29:54

Doesn't feel like a girls name to me.

CremeEggThief Thu 04-Aug-16 21:30:32

It's been one of my favourites since I first read it at 14 for school. I'm sentimentally attached to my old copy and proud to have it on my bookcase.

Gowgirl Thu 04-Aug-16 21:30:32

I have never seen the film......

ConkerTriumphant Thu 04-Aug-16 21:31:53

I wanted to name my son Atticus. DH said no. He wouldn't let me have Finch, either.
The bastard.

ConkerTriumphant Thu 04-Aug-16 21:32:07

I wanted to name my son Atticus. DH said no. He wouldn't let me have Finch, either.
The bastard.

Aworldofmyown Thu 04-Aug-16 21:38:48

I read it for GCSE english, I'm too scared to read it again. I adored it and don't want to be disappointed as an adult.

Sirzy Thu 04-Aug-16 21:41:55

I love it, read it more than any other book.

Gowgirl Thu 04-Aug-16 21:48:05

not just me then !

Lurkedforever1 Thu 04-Aug-16 21:55:24

I love it, I've lost count of how many times I've read it. I also couldn't wait for dd to be old enough to read it, and she loves it also.

My teacher ruined so much literature with her crapness, including a good few things that had previously been favourites of mine. I was so overjoyed when she decided not to spoil this too.

DotForShort Thu 04-Aug-16 22:29:42

I must have read it a dozen times as a kid. Absolutely loved it. As a novel it's far from perfect, but it has a lot to say about issues of race, class, gender roles. It brilliantly evokes a particular time and place. The main characters are well drawn, complex, compelling. We even get to see a fictional version of Truman Capote as a child. smile And parts of the book are very funny.

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