Tuesday, August 31, 2010
To Kill a Mockingbird Challenge
You might have seen this post earlier today and then it disappear. I had set it to post thinking I would write it over the weekend, but it didn't happen. : )
Thanks to a prompt from Amy @ Hope is the Word, I read To Kill a Mockingbird a few weeks ago. This is the first time that I had read the book and, truthfully, knew very little about it other that I thought it had to do with segregation in the south. This book was excellent and will definitely be required reading for my girls as they get older. I can't say that I loved the book ... this isn't one that falls into the same category as my Betsy-Tacy books or Anne of Green Gables series ... it is deep and well-written and worth the time and thought that I had to expend to get through it. (Hopefully that makes sense.) : )
I honestly don't know what to write that doesn't give away spoilers if you haven't read the book. It didn't end like I expected it to. The story does involve the trial of a black man in the rural south, and I assumed that in the name of justice he would be proven innocent. Not so. In fact, it doesn't go well for him at all. However, the trial and the stories surrounding it are key elements in the growth and maturation of the main characters in the Finch family - lawyer Atticus, and his two children Jem and Scout.
I had hoped to watch the movie version of this book, but it has been delayed via Netflix for several weeks now ... I'm guessing the anniversary of the book has prompted a resurgence in popularity for watching the movie! It's still on my to-do list one of these days.
Thanks, Amy, for hosting this challenge and for getting me to read a book that had just been gathering dust on my shelves. : )
This post is linked over at Amy's challenge and at Five Minutes for Books classics challenge for this quarter.