To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

It all started when I tried to have a discussion with my Canadian born husband about the great American novels.  He is well read but, I realized our literary background was somewhat different due to the fact that although were born on the  same continent, we were from different countries.  One thing lead to another and he said he had never read the Pulitzer Prize winning book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  It is one of my favorite books (and movies) and I hadn’t read it in years…so, we decided to get the book on tape version (from the Toronto Public Library) for our next long car ride.

Sissy Specek reads the novel.  Her tender drawl transports the listener to the deep south during the great depression.  For thos who havent read it, To Kill a Mockingbird deals with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality and is taught in schools with lessons emphasizing tolerance.  I also remember learning about ‘narrative voice’ in my English class, using this book as an example. Additionally, the main character of Atticus Finch is “the most enduring fictional image of racial heroism.” (Crespino, 2000).

My  husband and I were entranced, and it not only made the drive go by in a flash, but we both felt like we had accomplished something real on that ride.

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