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To Kill a Mockingbird at 50

 
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:56 am    Post subject: To Kill a Mockingbird at 50 Reply with quote

Tonight on BBC 4 at 9

Marking the 50th anniversary of the influential novel To Kill a Mockingbird, writer Andrew Smith visits Monroeville in Alabama, the setting of the book, to see how life there has changed in half a century

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00szxxk
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely worth a look, Becky. What I find surprising is that it was Harper Lee's only novel - one that has been credited as "the greatest novel of the 20th century"! Intriguing.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, if you're going to write only one book, to have it called "the greatest novel of the 20th century" is no mean feat...I forgot to say the film of the book follows this programme ....with the wonderful Gregory Peck.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:23 am    Post subject: To Kill A Mockingbird at 50 Reply with quote

Did anyone else think Harper Lee's sister spoke like Bobby in 'King Of The Hill' on this?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
Yes, if you're going to write only one book, to have it called "the greatest novel of the 20th century" is no mean feat...I forgot to say the film of the book follows this programme ....with the wonderful Gregory Peck.


I recorded it and have now just saved it to DVD. I'll watch it again when I have a few hours peace in the house!

I must buy the book and read it again. I haven't read it since the 1970s.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:10 am    Post subject: To Kill A Mockingbird at 50 Reply with quote

This is one of my mum's favourite books! She likes the film too.

However, when I first saw the film, it was when Tom Robinson (the singer) was touring with Peter Gabriel, and attracting 'One sings, the other doesn't' headlines in the music press.

When Atticus says 'I'm here to defend Tom Robinson' in the film, I felt like saying 'Bully For You wasn't THAT bad!'

But his was a different Tom Robinson...
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:53 am    Post subject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird at 50 Reply with quote

aviddiva wrote:
When Atticus says 'I'm here to defend Tom Robinson'........


For singing that he was glad to be gay??? Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depressing to see that personage from the Ku Klux Klan (alway thought thas was Klu Klux Klan) spouting his rubbish on this programme... Crying or Very sad but lovely to see the residents of the community drawing ranks to keep Harper Lee's privacy... Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
Depressing to see that personage from the Ku Klux Klan (alway thought thas was Klu Klux Klan) spouting his rubbish on this programme... Crying or Very sad but lovely to see the residents of the community drawing ranks to keep Harper Lee's privacy... Smile


Yes, I thought so too. I found the bit about the slice of cake (which disappeared to "somebody up the road") to be tantalising!

I thought Andrew Smith showed great patience and reserve when talking to the KKK guy. It would have served no purpose to have challenged him and his beliefs, and as a result I thought that segment was very illuminating.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ColinB wrote:


Yes, I thought so too. I found the bit about the slice of cake (which disappeared to "somebody up the road") to be tantalising!
I trust she enjoyed it ...Wink
ColinB wrote:

I thought Andrew Smith showed great patience and reserve when talking to the KKK guy. It would have served no purpose to have challenged him and his beliefs, and as a result I thought that segment was very illuminating.
I agree... Sad
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