This is the 50's version of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time".
Reading this book make me very edgy as if he was talking to me one on...moreThis is the 50's version of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time".
Reading this book make me very edgy as if he was talking to me one on one and telling me how his weekend went. He actually reminds me of several people I know. I wonder if I sent them this book if they would be offended?(less)
**spoiler alert** Love certainly comes in all shapes sizes and forms. I love how little snippets of information came up and the least expected times -...more**spoiler alert** Love certainly comes in all shapes sizes and forms. I love how little snippets of information came up and the least expected times - how the father was killed, why Parsifal was claustrophobic... And living in Los Angeles, I love the mention of Canters (best mac and cheese) The Magic Castle, CBS, Fairfax.... made me reread those paragraphs again. I have Bel Canto so I think I need to add that to my list of books to read.
The only reason why I gave it four or to five stars, didn't like the ending. That's where they lose me. SPOILER!!!
Not because Sabine all of a sudden became interested in a woman but that woman happened to be the sister of the man she loved for twenty years and stayed by his side despite him being gay. (less)
I actually thought this was fiction. It wasn't until I noticed the black and white photos in the middle of the book that I realized that this actually...moreI actually thought this was fiction. It wasn't until I noticed the black and white photos in the middle of the book that I realized that this actually happened. It is written like a Grisham fiction book and it's amazing how in depth he gets with the people and the events that took place, especially since he didn't make it up. He had to talk to everyone before writing it down.
I can't believe how many people had the chance to help these innocent men stay out of jail and just let it slip from their fingers, taking it for granted that they were guilty.
Actually I'm starting to like the Heather Wells series better than the last few Stephanie Plum books. Same concept, same formula just in a university...moreActually I'm starting to like the Heather Wells series better than the last few Stephanie Plum books. Same concept, same formula just in a university setting instead for a bail bond business setting.(less)
As usual Emily digs a little deep in her chick lit it makes the potential bad guy human and brings what I think are pretty realistic emotions and feel...moreAs usual Emily digs a little deep in her chick lit it makes the potential bad guy human and brings what I think are pretty realistic emotions and feelings. Things aren't just black and white there is a wide stripe of gray in between. (less)
**spoiler alert** I looked up Harper Lee online this is her only published book. However, she did write a few articles that one can find and read onli...more**spoiler alert** I looked up Harper Lee online this is her only published book. However, she did write a few articles that one can find and read online: Love in other Words - Vogue Christmas to me - McCalls When Children Discover America Romance and High Adventure
Her full name is Nellie Harper Lee - I bet she dropped the Nellie part so publishers would mistakenly think she was a man and read her material. She is also still alive and living in Monroeville, Alabama. And once you read about her and her family, you will know that she is not the only amazing person in that family (guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree).
I was able to tell in the beginning that the book started in the 30's once Dill mentioned that he saw Dracula in the theaters. Dracula was in theaters in 1931-32 (don't ask how I know that), and they mentioned that they were in the Depression which started in 1929 (1927-28 for the farmers) and went on through out the 30's. Since they were openly drinking, Prohibition must have ended (1933). And, towards the end of the book, they were mentioning Hitler and what he was doing in Germany which took place in the late 30's. My history teachers would be so impressed that I retained all of that information. Too bad my head is so full of that information, I have to look up my own phone number.
I loved Scout. In fact, I get dibs on that name for a little girl- or did Bruce Willis and Demi Moore beat me to it? I loved that she wanted to be a person first and then a girl. And she supports the fact that little kids know the meaning of life and forget it as they get older. She had a great relationship with her brother and father and they encouraged her to be true to herself and not follow the stereotypes of ladies of that time. I loved her way of thinking especially how she drew the conclusion that if she starting swearing her dad would assume she picked up the bad habits from school and pull her out. And when she wanted to write a letter to Dill in invisible ink just to drive him crazy, I almost ruined the book because I was drinking a Diet Pepsi at the time.
I have a feeling that Harper Lee was just like Scout and have you noticed that all early 1900 female authors are tomboys? Louisa Mae Alcott was Jo in Little Women, Laura Wilder wrote about herself. It just goes to show you that the truly creative women were those that went against the stereotypes of the time.
I'm not sure I like the fact that Atticus allowed them to call him by his first name and not Dad, but aside from that he was the perfect role model. He talked to them, not at them, and he always listened. He firmly believed that it was important for his children to respect him and by NOT following the creed "Do as I say, not as I do", Scout and Jem would be able to look up to him. He wanted his children to look beyond the color of one's skin, therefore he did. He treated everyone as equal despite their race, family background, age or education and if more people did that, there wouldn't be as many problems today. His teaching methods worked. You can tell how much the children loved and looked up to him. Nothing hurt them more then having their father be ashamed of them. They didn't keep things from him because they thought he wouldn't understand. They kept things from him because they didn't want him to get hurt. And they always listened, because to disobey would hurt Atticus.
Atticus's brother was another one of my favorite characters even though he wasn't mentioned a lot. When he realized his error after punishing Scout for beating up her cousin and tried to make it right, it showed that he also strived to earn their respect just like Atticus. Nothing irates me more then when someone tells me I have to respect them because they are older than me. Whatever. Does that mean I have to respect Bob Ewall because he is older?
It's easy to see with all of the problems in the world why Boo Radley feels safer hiding from away from it. It takes a special person to admit defeat to the cliché "if you can't beat them join them" and turn his back on things he doesn't understand. I think everyone has a little bit of Boo in us, when we shut out the problems of the outside. Of course, we all have a little of Scout in us to especially when I come out fighting if anyone tries to hurt my family.
The court case. Wow, the sad thing is, is I can see that happening even today (i.e. the Rodney King trial). When I moved here the first time, just before the LA riots, there was a huge ordeal about a Korean, store-owner who shot and killed a 17-19 black, teenager girl, she claimed was stealing and attacking her. The security camera shows the tiff and it shows the teen putting down the item and walking towards the exit. The store owner shot her in the back and was found not-guilty, by reason of self-defense. When the book was published in 1960, discrimination was still a big problem. I did like how Harper Lee brought up Hitler's actions against the Jews. It was obvious that what was going on in America with African Americans was no different in her eyes than what Hitler was doing. I agree, we were just more discreet about it. Perhaps because deep inside, Americans knew it was wrong to treat African Americans as third class citizens so we tried to hide it more. Hitler was right out in the open with his actions.
I listed a few links that I discovered about To Kill A Mocking Bird: http://www.lausd.k12.ca.us/Belmont_HS... The Student Survivor Guide. - This is amazing it has definitions of the harder words and references to the "Allusions and Idioms" that are used.