Friday, September 4, 2009

Great Book Choice

I'd like applaud Denver for choosing a truly remarkable book, a verifiable classic, To Kill a Mockingbird as its latest choice in its annual One Book, One Denver program. Unlike past years, when the mayor, or a group, chose the book, this year the book was voted the winner by popular demand.

I teach this classic "coming-of-age" novel each year in my freshman English classes, and I often introduce it as "nearly the perfect book." While there is no book that I would say is "sacred" in education and that every American student has to read, this is one that I would put on the list of "If-you-only-read-one-book-read-this-one." The allegorical nature of the work, and it's deeply thoughtful look inside the issue of prejudice and the essential nature of man is awe-inspiring.

I am fascinated by the way Lee weaves such an intricate tale of mystery and social criticism, in which the reader joins Scout in peeling away layers of prejudice she never knew existed in her hometown and her own heart.

A truly masterful and heartwarming work. Great choice, Denver!

3 comments:

Friends of Narnia said...

That is on my list of books I was supposed to read and never did. :P I think it will need to be one that I read next summer. :) Oh great, it's on an English teacher's 'must read' list... That must mean it's awful. :) JK!!!!!!!!!! :P It sounds pretty good. I still hold to it that LotR is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY better. ;)

~Queen Lucy~

hearing school said...

it will need to be one that I read next summer. :) Oh great, it's on an English teacher's 'must read' list... That must mean it's awful. :) JK!!!!!!!!!! :P

Lucy said...

wait why did you just copy me?????????????? i don't get it