September 29, 2010

BBW: To Kill a Mockingbird & Jackson Pearce

Everyone should read To Kill a Mockingbird. (Harper Lee, in case you have been living under a rock your entire life.) I may quibble about who I would recommend certain books to, and which books may be passed without too much damage to little stretching/growing-up brains, but this one is a book that comes with no attachments. Everyone should read this book, and everyone should find themselves a little different in the morning. Not to mention the delectable Gregory Peck in the excellent movie adaptation.

Astute readers will notice that the book has been banned in multiple places for racism, as well as for using a less-than-savory word to describe the African-American characters in the book. To those people who would remove this incredible book from their schools and libraries, I say "Ha! I bite my thumb at you! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!" (Paraphrased quotes courtesy of Shakespeare and Monty Python.)

Seriously now. To ban this book in particular because one thinks it is racist is so absolutely moronic I don't know how to respond. To Kill a Mockingbird is a gorgeous book (gorgeous thematically and in its storytelling) that I would recommend to everyone, without fail.

Now, for your viewing pleasure, I point you toward Jackson Pearce on censorship.

4 comments:

  1. Love this: Ha! I bite my thumb at you! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!
    You make me laugh.
    Yes, book banning = ridiculous.
    I'm reading TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD right now. Well, not right now, right now, I'm leaving this comment. Nevermind. ;)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  2. Good to know you're reading To Kill A Mockingbird. I've been thinking of going back to reread it, but somehow there's never enough time for that... I really should watch the movie again, though...

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  3. I personally enjoyed this book.I don't quite understand 90% of the banned books.

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  4. The biggest thing I don't get about book banning is how some people condemn books without even READING them to begin with. Of course the whole thing makes my teeth hurt, but that's the one that I really can't understand, by ANY stretch of the imagination.

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