Wednesday, April 11, 2007

A Classic Education

This week I've started listening to the unabridged audio version of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, read by Sissy Spacek. I can't believe I'm thirtysomething, and I'm just now getting around to this classic. And I'm adoring it! I think it was my childhood obsession with all things Ramona Quimby that makes me partial to adult fiction written from a child's point of view. (By the way, I hate the new repackaged editions of the Ramona series. The older covers were near and dear to my heart! The new covers just aren't feisty enough.)

I digress.

Back to the point. I don't feel that I had a very broad education when it comes to the classics. I was required to read Great Expectations THREE TIMES throughout my schooling for pete's sake. I missed out on not only the fantastic Harper Lee, but also on the Brontes, Austen, James, and so many more.

I did, however, have excellent coverage in poetry, some of which I have actually retained, and so at some point before this month is over, I'll somehow find the time to post about that. In the meantime, check out what CBC's Words at Large are doing for Poetry Month.


.H said...

How was To Kill a Mockingbird not part of the curriculum for you? Enjoy! It's definitely one of my favourites!

.H said...

PS -- You'll have to join the 1001 books club straight away. Have you found out how many you've read on the spreadsheet yet? I have a link to it on my blog -- just search 1001 and you can see all that we've been up to. It'll help bump up your classics number.

alisonwonderland said...

To Kill a Mockingbird was part of my Senior Lit class in high school - and it's one of my all-time favorite books!

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