Thursday, April 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Harper Lee

While I no longer read favorite books over and over again as I did in my childhood, I have read To Kill a Mockingbird twice in the last two years and found it equally powerful both times. My view of Atticus Finch is perhaps forever overlaid with images of the weary, but still handsome Gregory Peck in the brilliant film version of the story, but I believe the literary Atticus to be among the most admirable and beautifully written characters in American fiction. Jessica Lange reads from what may be one of the most moving moments in To Kill a Mockingbird here.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center: "To Kill a Mockingbird consistently ranks near the top of the American Library Association's list of 100 most frequently banned books. Most complaints involve the use of language now considered racially offensive, including the N-word."

1 comment:

  1. This must be one of the few examples of a memorable book being adapted into an equally memorable movie. I love both.

    I've also read that the book has been "challenged" (librarian-speak for complaints) over the depiction of white people as being the saviors of passive, childlike African-Americans.