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Old 7th Jul 2010, 20:50   #1
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Default Harper Lee: To Kill A Mockingbird

How odd. Despite numerous mentions, Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird (yes, that) doesn't have its own thread on The Palimp. I wonder why.

It is, with The Girl In A Swing pushing it close admittedly, the book I've read the most. Yet, like its nearly-ran, not for some time. I wonder what this means also.

Inspired by Andrew Smith's brilliant BBC4 documentary, To Kill A Mockingbird at 50, I've decided to pick it up again. More wonder: how will it stand up now?

What thoughts from other Palimpsestarians?
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Old 7th Jul 2010, 22:01   #2
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Default Re: Harper Lee : To Kill A Mockingbird

I've only read it once, in high school. I loved it at the time, and felt, and still feel, that it was one of the few books forced on me by a teacher that I actually really enjoyed. The film version is also one of the best novel-to-film adaptations I've ever seen, but it's that form of the story that I honestly know best.

Still...great book, as I remember. Very fond memories.
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Default Re: Harper Lee : To Kill A Mockingbird

Similarly, read at school, and loved it; re-read it a few times since and seen the film a few times. I think it stands up from youth right to old age, because when young, you can see through Scout or Jem's eyes, but later through Atticus's. Its strengths seem to strengthen when you read it in older years.
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Default Re: Harper Lee : To Kill A Mockingbird

I'd like to read it, but I have a horrid little mass-market edition, which I've been thinking of replacing with the new hardback. Other than a few basics, I really don't know anything about it at all.
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Default Re: Harper Lee : To Kill A Mockingbird

I'm with bill in that the film version is one of the best novel-to-film adaptations I've ever seen. Stewart, I'd suggest whatever version is available to you.

By the way, to all UK readers, I'd recommend the iPlayer documentary as mentioned above, while it lasts (a week from today, as it was shown again this evening).
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Default Re: Harper Lee : To Kill A Mockingbird

When Gregory Peck died, Harper Lee said of him, and his role in the film:

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Atticus Finch gave him an opportunity to play himself.
I've always thought that, as compliments go, that's a pretty good one.
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Default Re: Harper Lee : To Kill A Mockingbird

I'm one of the rare few who didn't read this until adulthood but agree with everything said here so far. The courtroom scene (in both the novel and the film) gave me goosebumps.
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It would be pretty interesting to read a review by a Palimpian who's approaching it for the first time.
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It would be pretty interesting to read a review by a Palimpian who's approaching it for the first time.
I think he's calling you out, Stewart...
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How long ago did your read it, Paul? You were all grown up! Quit shifting the work!
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