Saturday, February 23, 2008

To Kill A Mockingbird


I just got back from my monthly book club meeting where we discussed To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It was such a great meeting. And actually, every time I leave the meeting I am refreshed and energized. What a wonderful thing it is to discuss books with other readers. It is a treat, and this month's book was like the whipped topping on top of a delicious dessert.

This book is chock-full of things to discuss, so I'm just going to briefly one of the things I found.

Don't you love Atticus? He is the ideal father. Well, at least it seemed to me. But the girls today brought up a couple things that make him less than ideal; his lack of physical affection (although Scout was free to cuddle in his lap.) and he didn't attend the Halloween Pageant to see Scout as the 'Ham'. I loved how he spoke to his children as if they were adults. And I especially loved his way of explaining why we fight even though we will lose. How important that is today. Sometimes I forget that winning is not always the point; there is as much value in losing as there is in winning.

What a great book. There is just too much in there to discuss. I feel like I need a term paper to get it all out.

What are your favorite parts of the book? Who is your favorite character and why?

2 comments:

RooseFam said...

This is one of my all time favorite books and I haven't read it in years. Can I borrow it? It will be my first fiction book in easily 4 years...would you help me get back into reading something that requires an imagination?!?!?

Jessie said...

Of course I will! I will bring the book to 2HTO tomorrow, along with the Apple Cake I saved for you.