To Kill a Mockingbird
5 journalers for this copy...
Thank you so very much, KF-in-Georgia for sending this one over to me (and how very quick it was to get here)!!
I'm so happy to get to read this book at last!!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, a million times over!
This one will now be my compannion on the way to and from work in the next days, while getting to read a too much heavier one at home! The minute I finnish it, I'll come back here and report...
(And thanks a lot for the tip on the read-along discussion over the Book Talk Forum... I'll get a look there for sure!)
Today, I was having a coffee and reading this book, when some lady came to me and asked to say something... she had read this book decades ago, back in the sixties, she had loved it and still remembered a lot about it and was very pleased to see that it was still read!! And there we stood talking for a while about it and about how I had come to know of it and to read it.
I thought it was so funny! I don't think I was ever talked to by someone because of what I was reading...
By the way, I'm having the greatest times reading this one, it's a most wonderful book and... I won't say anymore until I finnish it!
(and I must say it once more: thank you so very, very much, KF-in-Georgia, for this wonderful present!!!)
And now about the book it self... first of all, I must say I had a bit of a difficult time with some of the words and expressions used in it. Not that it stopped me from understanding the general idea, but sometimes it seemed to me that I was missing something of the beauty in it. I think that I really must read it again, not so eager to get to know the rest of the story, but more attentive to the details and taking my time to get to the dictionnary and find the translation for some of those words...
Anyhow, the final feeling is obviously of having been reading a really great book! I loved it all the way through, but got a bit confused in the end... I'm not sure if I got the right idea of it or, at least, the idea Harper Lee's wanted to give. Once more, I guess i will have to read it again!
As a final insight, I must say I felt very confortable with Atticus' character and I guess somehow he reminded me of my own father with his calm way of teaching his children the rights and wrongs of life, not explaining but showing with his own example, very tender in an almost shy kind of way but with absolute love for them and a total comprehension of their childish ways of seeing the world and interacting with it.
I also felt very moved in lots of passages with the way of Scout's expressing her own 6, 7 or 8 year old fashion of seeing and understanding (or not) the things happening around her.
It was overall a great read and I really want to get some time off from the loads of bookrings and rays I seem to have got submerged in, sometime soon, and pick this one up again to re-read it. But sometime in the future, I will make it travel and have it read by whoever's willing to, because it is certainly worth it!!
I was a bit apreehensive about my english (and specialy about my american)but surprisingly the book turn out to be very easy. The first few pages took me some time but then I entered the book completely and the dificulty was to stop reading.
This is a book I really enjoied reading. It's one of those that will go straight to my favorite list, unthoughtly. One of those i 'd like to be remembered, for recomending it to my children.
There were three different issues I particullarly liked about this book:
The way it represents the life of the town and the different mentalities in it. Racism comes to order, at this point, and it seems to be such an old issue , so distant, that when i read a reference about Einstein, I felt it as an anachronism. But then I realised it wasn't, that the action indeed took place in the XX century.
Then the childhood, and the way the author could write it from a childish poit of view. It is very well written. There are few writer that can "walk in the shoes" of a child - I wonder were I got that expression from? ;). At the moment I can only remember José Mauro de Vasconcelos!
And finnaly, that father. It was very impressive to see the kindness he putted in the way he related to his children. This issue is very dear to me, at this time, and Atticus is a character very complete.
I liked very much to read this book. Once again, Conto, many, many thanks.
And it's journey will follow, towards some non BC friends that are willing to read it though. And then it will be my turn once more, I suspect, before sending it through BC to some new readers.
It's in a preety bad shape though, even with PGV's new plastified cover. I'll try and mend it somehow before sending it off travelling again and will try to read it once more before that.
Many thanks conto, actually I like the fact that the book seems well-travelled and read.
Then, suddenly, the story that seemed to concentrate in the curiosity about Boo Radley, changes to reveal all the racism in a society with very strict codes of classes and "backgrounds".
Unfortunately, recent (and frequent) news of black men being shoot for the simple reason of their skin colour, make this subject very up to date...
Of course, we have to love the characters of nice neighbour Mrs Rachael, Jem and Dill,the revel Scout, and Atticus, the wisest and kindest of men.
Thanks very much conto, for this opportunity to read this book. Now I'll contact Maria-Nunes and send the book to her.
Thank you very much for sharing , Conto, and Irus for sending it to me :-)
I am looking forward to reading it - ... starting later today , I believe :-)
I really loved reading it.
Thank you very much, Conto.
With me once more.
Reading "Go set a Watchman" released only this year, with a 26 year old Scout, I guess It's time I revisit this old classic :)