A few weeks ago this post by zuzu made me bump To Kill A Mockingbird up to the top of my “classics I gotta read one day” list. I started reading it a few hours ago and have now finished Part 1.
I was engaged by the first page:
“Being Southerners, it was a source of shame to some members of the family that we had no recorded ancestors on either side at the Battle of Hastings. All we had was Simon Finch, a fur-trapping apothecary from Cornwall, whose piety was exceeded only by his stinginess.”
… and the third page made me fall in love:
“[…] but they were Haverfords, in Maycomb County a name synonymous with jackass.”
Although I’ve not yet seen the movie, every word uttered by Atticus Finch convinces me that Gregory Peck was perfectly cast in the part. Like everybody else, I utterly adore Scout, and Miss Maudie Atkinson is damn fine too. Obviously I will shortly need to chase up the DVD.
There is the added joy that I picked up my copy in a secondhand store, and it appears to have been used by a high school student(s), with underlinings, highlightings and marginata scattered throughout. I smiled at the marginata on molasses (“golden syrup”) and was disturbed to find that Morphodite was unsullied by any markings at all. Kids these days.