I read this for the second (or third) time for my student book club. Looking at it through their eyes, I can see how it would be confusing. This is an...moreI read this for the second (or third) time for my student book club. Looking at it through their eyes, I can see how it would be confusing. This is an amazing book for a book study because it is so full of symbolism and metaphor, but that is the same reason that it might be inaccessible for the average teen reader. I am excited to see how much of the deeper meaning my students actually got, having read it on their own without a teacher to explain as they went (the way that I had it for my first reading.)(less)
Cover Impressions: Meh. Boring imagery - doesn't do the book justice.
Review: What can I say about this book that hasn't already been said? I was never forced to read it while in school (or university), but it has remained on my list of classics to read. To be honest, I knew very little about it prior to starting, but I can now see why it has become a staple in so many classrooms. The writing style is fluid and prose beautiful, without being inaccessible for today's students. The historic setting transports the reader to a slower time that is often looked upon with nostalgia and longing. However, the subject matter soon turns and reveals the dark underbelly of this society.
The part about this novel that I truly loved was its characters. Scout has an incredible voice and she interjects a wonderful sense of humor to a plot that would otherwise have gotten far too serious for young readers. The author managed to write a child that is precocious, innocent and most importantly - believable. The adult characters are also wonderfully drawn, with strengths and flaws
The audio version of this book was fantastic for my traffic-ridden commute. The pace was slower than many of the other books I have listened to and the prose flowed like smooth chocolate - which worked very well to keep me calm, I must admit. Sissy Spacek was an great choice as narrator and she did a wonderful job of embodying the voice of Scout.
I truly enjoyed To Kill a Mockingbird, and it has inspired me to seek out other classic YA in audiobook format.
Age: 15 and up Gender: Both Sex: None Violence: Gunplay, Knifeplay, Discussion of Rape Inappropriate Language: None Substance Use/Abuse: None(less)
Interesting. Very quick - perhaps too quick, I felt anxious for most of the (very short) conclusion. I wonder how much of this book becoming a jr high...moreInteresting. Very quick - perhaps too quick, I felt anxious for most of the (very short) conclusion. I wonder how much of this book becoming a jr high classic has to do with the length.... Full review to come.(less)
I am still surprised that I didn't encounter this novel during my English degree. When approaching it as a romance novel (without the messiness of act...moreI am still surprised that I didn't encounter this novel during my English degree. When approaching it as a romance novel (without the messiness of actual physical contact), this is not a bad read. It smacks of "will they, won't they" and can be infuriatingly slow for those readers accustomed to a bit more action. Much of the actual story is told second hand, through letters or ladies gossiping. It is also difficult to trust Elizabeth's opinion. She is quick to judge based on what one character says and then changes her mind based on what another character says. She also seems to be unfairly ashamed of much of her own family and their behavior.
Why do I do this to myself? This is part of my read-one-classic-novel-a-month challenge. 3 books in (I am already behind) and I have not enjoyed any o...moreWhy do I do this to myself? This is part of my read-one-classic-novel-a-month challenge. 3 books in (I am already behind) and I have not enjoyed any of them.
As a narrator, Frankenstein waxes poetically about the scenery for pages, and pages, and pages. Then, when he has gotten his fill of that, he whines about how only he has suffered. He reminds me of a guy I knew once called Can't Beat Earl, no matter what the other characters go through - Victor has to point out how much WORSE he has had it.
I am willing to suspend belief on Frankie-Baby managing to re-animate a corpse (which he made GIANT for some reason) but there are a few instances of whatthefuckery
1) The monster manages to teach himself to speak, and not just to speak but to speak French, eloquently, by eavesdropping. DAAAAMMMNNN I actively participated in French class for years and I can't speak shit. 2) The monster manages to teach himself to read with 3 books and again, by eavesdropping 3) The monster manages to subsist for most of the novel on berries and roots (did we mention he is giant) 4) When he kills the younger brother there are marks on his throat and the townspeople convict a girl based on circumstantial evidence - um, how bout you check to see if her hands were big enough to make the marks, I'm willing to bet on NO. 5) After dumping body parts in the ocean Frank-the-Tank FALLS ASLEEP IN THE BOAT?! WTF?! 6) Frank-O-Man manages to escape a murder rap? Does no one notice that people keep dropping dead around him and he blames a monster that NO ONE ELSE CAN SEE? 7) Frank-tastic decides that even though the monster has threatened everyone he cares about, he won't bother to actually WARN any of them, in fact, on their wedding night - he sends Elizabeth off on her own while he ......... thinks? I don't recall him ever actually DOING anything to fight off the monster.
I could go on, and on, and on but then I would start to sound like FrankenWhine.