Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Scout, Atticus & Boo
Jump ahead about 11 or 12 years, and I was pregnant with my first child. If the baby was a boy, he was to be called "Jem". I had a girl, so no Jem! But, again, that's how much I loved that book!
This past Christmas, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of To Kill A Mockingbird, I gave each of my 3 children copies of both the book and the movie, telling them that it is one of my legacies to them to be sure that they had my favorite book and movie!
As you can see, I feel strongly about To Kill A Mockingbird! And now to have found a book where others are talking about their experiences of reading the book??? Heaven! I loved reading the different interviews. And I was so struck with the similarities, both among the interviewees and my own experiences of reading the book. I would say that most of those interviewed first experienced the book around the same age that I did, which I thought was very interesting! And like some, my first reading of the book, was primarily about the children, Atticus, and Boo Radley. It wasn't until later readings that I fully experienced and appreciated what Ms. Lee was telling about the South.
If you are a fan of To Kill A Mockingbird, read Scout, Atticus and Boo. You will definitely appreciate all the various opinions. Just a word of warning, however: after reading it, be prepared to re-read the book and watch the movie!