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Old 8th Jul 2010, 14:20   #11
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I think he's calling you out, Stewart...
That's not a problem. I've sort of made an implicit deal with someone in work, who cites it as their favourite book, to read it soon.
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Old 8th Jul 2010, 16:34   #12
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Bill, it was several years ago - long enough that my review would probably be pretty much useless. Still, I wouldn't mind reading it again one of these days.
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Old 9th Jul 2010, 2:16   #13
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C'mon, Stew, it would be great to read your impressions.

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Racing through TKaMB, so just doin' a McLuhan while I'm passing:

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"Is that tree dyin'?”
"Why no, son, I don't think so. Look at the leaves, they're all green and full, no brown patches anywhere -"
"It ain't even sick?"
"That tree's as healthy as you are, Jem. Why?"
"Mr. Nathan Radley said it was dyin'."
"Well maybe it is. I'm sure Mr. Radley knows more about his trees than we do."
Atticus left us on the porch. Jem leaned on a pillar, rubbing his shoulders against it.
"Do you itch, Jem?" I asked as politely as I could. He did not answer. "Come on in, Jem," I said.
"After while."
He stood there until nightfall, and I waited for him. When we went in the house I saw he had been crying; his face was dirty in the right places, but I thought it odd that I had not heard him.

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For reasons unfathomable to the most experienced prophets in Maycomb County, autumn turned to winter that year. We had two weeks of the coldest weather since 1885, Atticus said. Mr. Avery said it was written on the Rosetta Stone that when children disobeyed their parents, smoked cigarettes and made war on each other, the seasons would change: Jem and I were burdened with the guilt of contributing to the aberrations of nature, thereby causing unhappiness to our neighbors and discomfort to ourselves.
Old Mrs. Radley died that winter, but her death caused hardly a ripple - the neighborhood seldom saw her, except when she watered her cannas. Jem and I decided that Boo had got her at last, but when Atticus returned from the Radley house he said she died of natural causes, to our disappointment.
"Ask him," Jem whispered.
"You ask him, you're the oldest."
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Old 30th Jul 2010, 15:17   #15
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Blimey, just reading that little snippet makes me want to go home right now and read it cover to cover. I can't put my finger on why, but it just does.
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I am loving it all over again, I must say. So glad I was nudged into it by the anniversary reminders; let it do the same for you, ono!
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Old 5th Aug 2010, 11:37   #17
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It really is perhaps the only book likely to appear at the top of a list of The Best Novels Ever Written without looking stupid. Or, to put it another plainly, it may well be the best novel ever written. Repeated re-reads simply yield more interest and insight. An astonishing achievement.

I may try an put together some more coherent thoughts on it later.
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Headed next week for the Redneck Riviera, and I hope to swing through Monroeville for a post-worthy photo of the Atticus monument and a general looksee.
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A few photos from Monroeville, AL, taken 13 Aug, 2010



Welcome to Monroeville



Atticus



Back door of the Old Courthouse



From the Balcony



We were there. Tried to distort like an old knotty tree, sort of!



This one gives me chills. I didn't notice the mockingbird until I got home and uploaded.

The Old Courthouse is devoted to all things Mockingbird. Even the tree is preserved inside.
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Those are superb, Beth. Love the wear on the steps at the back door and you're right, the mockingbird in the last one is like divine intervention. Fabulous.
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