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message 1: by Jessica (new)

Jessica G her name is nelle harper lee -- she dropped the nelle when she wrote mockingbird because she didn't want anyone to misprounce it and say "nellie" instead of "nelle."


message 2: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Denise, I really like your review too. Like Yareader2, I just read the book as an adult - though I read it once in high school, I think I didn't appreciate it fully then. Interestingly enough, what I think I didn't appreciate fully was not the adult stuff, but the kid stuff. The more I start growing away from my own childhood (I'm only 26, but that's already a good stint in adult life) the more amazed I am by writers who can still so sharply remember what it was like to be a kid. Thanks for your very honest review and I hope you find more books that move you to write.

message 3: by Denise (new)

Denise Thank you for the information. Not sure where I got Nellie from but I guess she was right in her assumption. I still like my theory better ;)

message 4: by Sheila (last edited Jul 16, 2008 01:02PM) (new)

Sheila There is a book about her life, My Name is Scout, that provides more information and insight to the person, Harper Lee, her relationships. It's a fascinating read.

message 5: by Denise (last edited Jul 16, 2008 02:59PM) (new)

Denise Thank you, I'm going to add that book under my to be read list.

I just looked it up, It's call I Am Scout ;)

message 6: by Sheila (new)

Sheila You're right! I was relying on my memory, which is not always a good idea at my age. Anyway, it's a wonderful book and I'm glad you'll be reading it.

message 7: by Katy (new)

Katy Interesting. Although I thought Atticus could have been more caring toward the kids...he didn't even bother to walk Scout to the first day of school or her pageant. He didn't even attend the pageant because he was tired. Plus, it is repeatedly mentioned that he reads a newspaper and leaves Jem and Scout to their own devices.

message 8: by Kat (new)

Kat Hey, if I started a Group to discus this book, do you think anyonewould join?

message 9: by Denise (new)

Denise sure. the problem would be to let everyone know that the group exists and to keep it active while different people read it at different times.

message 10: by Emily (new)

Emily Polhamus There's also a great book about her life called "Mockingbird" you should check out. It's very good.

message 11: by Emily (new)

Emily Polhamus AND forgot to mention, just an interesting fact. The character of Dill is based on Truman Capote who was a childhood friend of Harper Lee!

message 12: by Denise (new)

Denise Thanks Emily, I'm going to add Mockingbird to the list

Deguet Dwayne Carter jr. rockstar bayiB oh my gosh i love thisss booook it was sooo coool and i love chapter 15 the part where when atticus tucks scout in bed waouuuuuuuuuu it was kiooooolllll
OHHHHHHH i can't believe this..................... OHHHHHHHH LA LA

message 14: by Cindy (new)

Cindy I figured Atticus allowed for his children to call him by his first name because he wanted them to see that he saw them as equals and not as pesky little kids. I was unsure of how to take that either but I went with it because imagining Scout saying, "Atticus!" was just too cute for me.

message 15: by Lisa (last edited Jun 09, 2010 02:31PM) (new)

Lisa Newton-Smart I believe in many ways the fact that the children called Atticus by his first name represents the respect he had for them and vice versa. I do not believe it ever says that he required them to call him "Atticus." While Atticus is a nurturing loving father, he also is a prominent member of the community. I believe Scout and Jem recognize Atticus' importance as a lawyer, especially in the upcoming trial. I believe that in many ways the children recognize and absolutely respect the man that Atticus is as their father and as the lawyer in the community. They recogize his humility - this especially is a profound moment for Jem in the novel - when Atticus shots the dog and Jem finds out that Atticus was considered the best shot in the county. Jem comments that he is impressed by his father's skill but even more so by his father's humility and that he has never once bragged about this. Atticus, with the help of Calpurnia, must take on the role of father and mother. This must be quite a task. I do believe it also mentions at the beginning of the book that Atticus is older as a parent. I think in a perfect world Atticus could just be "Dad" - "Father" to his kids, but during this tumultuous period - he wanted the kids to understand the world was not always a perfect place - "good" did not always win out over evil. I think it is a lesson that Scout is able to embrace even more than Jem after the trial. Jem withdraws into himself and seems to be having a much more difficult time with the outcome. I have often wondered if Jem is a bit more emotional and at times withdrawn into himself because he remembers their mother and her subsequent death. Scout on the other hand does not remember their mother - only through what Jem tells her. Jem was old enough to truly experience and feel this loss intensely. Just a few of my thoughts on the relationship between Atticus and the kids. I teach this book in my literature classes and never tire of reading it. I have truly enjoyed reading everyone's reviews!

message 16: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Newton-Smart To any of you that would like to read more about Harper Lee there is a book that was published in 2006 called:

Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee
by Charles J. Shields

It is also a great reference on the life of Harper Lee, as well as the book and characters. I especially enjoyed the first chapter describing Harper Lee living in New York and walking through a blizzard to visit her publisher. I won't spoil it but it is a great addition to the novel and gives some great reference information.

message 17: by GLaDOS (new)

GLaDOS Well, it worked, 'cause I thought she was a man >o<

message 18: by Maatii (new)

Maatii Thanks for your review I have to read this for high school and now I understand it a little bit better

message 19: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Newton-Smart Maatii: Did you finish reading the book for high school? Would be interested to know your thoughts!

message 20: by Maatii (new)

Maatii Lisa: Yes I actually finished it today I just realized I'm like Scout because I don't fit in with girls my age and I act more like a boy than a young lady my aunt did live with me at one point in my life, my family has always tried to turn me into a lady but I always rebel a bit

message 21: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Newton-Smart Of all the literature books I teach in my college classes, I believe Scout is my favorite character of all time. When Jem becomes disillusioned, Scout still sees hope. When even Atticus becomes discouraged, Scout still seems to find a silver lining in the darkest of situations. Scout was a tomboy but it doesn't matter if she wore dresses or overalls, jeans, or ...she has the biggest heart and exhibits great moral character - unparallelled in my opinion. I too could relate to Scout's character as a child. I am so glad you liked the book and were willing to share your thoughts!

message 22: by Fane (new)

Fane Davis interesting review.i hope i will definitely found all that out later after i finish reading the novel.

message 23: by Noa (new)

Noa I agree with you all the way. Just a little note I couldn't resist writing down. You don't respect people who are older than you because they are older. You respect them because older people have more experience than you. So you should just keep in mind that older people are more experienced.

message 24: by Dm (new)

Dm I have long considered Atticus Finch to be one of the truly great heroes of American literature. I love this book - the story, the style, the characters.

message 25: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Newton-Smart I could not agree more! I still teach this book to my college English classes and you cannot find a better man than Atticus Finch. The book is one I read again and again and again and love everytime just a bit more!

message 26: by Zhanitah (new)

Zhanitah I like that

message 27: by Corie (new)

Corie Bocian I disagree completely

message 28: by Epicallyagirl (new)

Epicallyagirl I loved Dill. Such a hilarious character!

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