Scout, Atticus & Boo : A Celebration of to Kill a Mockingbird Paperback
"You come away from Murphy's book with a renewed amazement at what Lee was able to achieve with a single perfect novel." (Entertainment Weekly).
First published in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird is not only a beloved classic, but also a touchstone in literary and social history.
This book commemorates more than half a century of To Kill a Mockingbird, and explores how it has left its indelible mark.
Contributions come from Oprah Winfrey, James Patterson, Adriana Trigiani, Scott Turow, Richard Russo, Anna Quidlen and Wally Lamb among others, and they reflect upon what the book means to them, and how it has affected their lives and careers.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 18/06/2015
- Category: Literary studies: general
- ISBN: 9781784753054
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Review by AdonisGuilfoyle
Boy, does <i>Mockingbird</i> ever need some positive affirmation and appreciation at the moment! Here Mary McDonagh interviews a range of authors, teachers, celebrities and people connected with the book and the film, including Mary Badham (Scout) and Alice Lee (Harper's sister), to find out just why the story and the characters are so popular and enduring. Bonus points for not mentioning <i>Watchman</i> (well, once, obliquely - editor Tay Hohoff recalling of the first manuscript entitled 'Atticus', that 'there were many things wrong with it').Rosanne Cash values the 'beautiful naturalness' and 'sense of confidence in his skills as a parent' that Atticus demonstrates, while novelist Richard Russo wanted Atticus as a father (me too). Whereas for Mary Badham, and probably for everyone else who has seen the film, 'Gregory Peck was my Atticus'. Mark Childress points out that Atticus 'is a little too good to be true, but in the book he's got more bumps than he's allowed to have in the movie', which is true. Allan Gurganus admires how Lee 'manages to be a child and an adult', the secret weapon of the novel which confuses most critics, and also suggests that 'the lady down the street' (Maudie) might be Atticus' 'part-time lover of an evening'. (Sacrilege!)We also learn more about Harper Lee, which to be honest, doesn't interest me all that much - her brother Edwin was probably the model for Jem, particularly in <i>Watchman</i>. Edwin 'married, had two children and then died of an aneurysm in his sleep' (just like Harper's mother, although Harper was older than Scout when she died). Also, the Lee family house in Alabama was long since demolished and replaced by Mel's Dairy Dream (reminds me of <i>Grosse Pointe Blanke</i> - 'you can never go home again - but you can shop there').Lots of great anecdotes and <i>Mockingbird</i> initiations, plus plenty love for Atticus - he's far from a paragon in the novel, but he is a good parent and a positive character. All the <i>Watchman</i> mudslinging at the moment really depresses me. Definitely one for the fans, but a worthy companion to the novel. Go Forget A Watchman - read this instead!