Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Like millions of people, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of my all time favorite reads. I usually re-read it once a year - in summer because it's one of those hot climate books. I don't know why I love it so much; so many themes, so many remarkable characters - the book just seemed to seep into my life and never really left.
I'm often suspicious of unauthorized biographies but couldn't help but get excited when I saw a copy of Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields
I'm only about fifty pages in but I'm really enjoying it. He's done a lovely job of describing Lee's early life growing up in Monroeville, Alabama. There's always been a rumour that Lee's childhood friend, Truman Capote - helped her write TKAMB and then later, Lee helped Truman write In Cold Blood...so looking forward to what he has to say about that.
I nearly fell off my perch when I saw the July edition of Oprah - inside is a letter written by Miss Lee to Oprah - talking about where her love of words and books came from. It's only about 500 words but it has that same wonderful cadence that's in her book.
I love the film too - I think it's one of the best book to screen adaptations ever done.
Here's a comprehensive site about Harper Lee, the book and her life.
If you haven't read To Kill A Mockingbird - I envy you.
Posted by Frances at 9:19 AM
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