The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.
Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.
Let's set the scene...
Rune, shockingly, needs a job and a place to stay. Jackson gives her Lorelai some begging jam and Sookie tries to convince her
Lorelai: What can he do?
Sookie: Lots of things! He's always fiddling around, using screws. Once I saw him use a hammer.
Lorelai: A hammer?
Sookie: I bet he could be a handyman. You are always looking for a good handyman.
Lorelai: Well I couldn't pay him very much.
Sookie: Well, that's okay. Maybe he could just work for, uh, room and board.
Lorelai: You want him to live here?
Sookie: No! Well, what about the old potting shed?
Lorelai: The old potting shed? That's where Rory and I lived when she was a baby. It has memories and little rosebud wallpaper. I don't want Boo Radley touching my rosebud wallpaper.
Sookie: The job is enough. You're right. He can save up money and eventually move out. I'll just have to deal with it.
Lorelai: The potting shed's fine.
Sookie: I love you!
Lorelai: But I swear to God Sookie, the minute the guests start complaining or disappearing, he's out of there.
To Kill a Mockingbird breaks my heart in the best possible way. I'm not sure how else to describe my reaction to this book other than that. I am happy that I live in a world where Atticus Finchs exist. I am happy that I live in a world where Boo Radleys exist. I am happy that I live in a world where Scout and Jem Finchs exist. These aren't perfect people. They are flawed people recognizing the hypocrisies and cruelties of the world we live in... and wanting to live in that world anyway. It reminds us that dark surrounds us, but the light always cuts through. Scout would've never recognized Boo's heart if Bob Ewell hadn't tried to kill her and Jem for being the children of "a nigger lover". So while there is ugliness.... the ugliness only serves to highlight the beauty of the world.
Who do I see reading this in the Stars Hollow gazebo?
It was either Taylor or The Town Loner because "But he's our Boo Radley and we don't have a Boo Radley. Unless you count The Troubadour or Pete the Pizza Guy or the Guy Who Talks to Mailboxes" (from "Take the Deviled Eggs"... but more about this episode later). I just really wasn't feeling like making a jpeg for The Guy Who Talks to Mailboxes. So Taylor it is!