Tuesday, February 07, 2006

This is my second blog of the year 2006


While the New York Times list of bestselling books contains plenty of interesting titles and several excellent reviews, now may be a very good time to think about rereading a book which has given me great satisfaction every time it is read.

My list of favorite titles includes the wonderful American classic, "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. Recently in the excellent movie "Capote" a young actress plays the part of Ms. Lee who was a good friend of Truman Capote, and according to the movie script, spent a lot of time with him when he was writing his book, "In Cold Blood."

The really astounding fact about Harper Lee is that she wrote "To Kill a Mockingbird" in 1960 and has never
written another novel. When one realizes that ten million or more copies of the book have ben sold, perhaps it is just as well, for equaling the great masterpiece she achieved would be very unlikely.

If you have missed the very pleasureable experience of reading "To Kill a Mockingbird," you do not need to feel disappointed . Every library has a copy or two or three. If you read it a long time ago, read it again. There is a timelessness about the people who Ms. Lee created that transcends years and events.

My daughter's favorite book always was "To Kill a Mockingbird" from the first reading. I can't being to guess how many more times she has settled down with Jem and Scout and Aticus. We all learned about the South of that time, and the events of the book are often eched by the crimes of the present.

Sometimes the trivia games ask about who played Boo Radley in the movie and nearly everyone remebers because the film managed to achieve what very few movies do; it was (almost) as good as the book. Can we ever think of Atticus as looking like anyone other than Gregory Peck?

Rent the video and watch it with the warmth of old memories. But most of all, get a copy of "To Kill a Mockingbird" and read it. While Ms. Lee is quoted as saying she believes it is one of the best translations to film ever made, she knows, as do all of her many fans that reading this great classic is not to be missed.

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