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?


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.