Tuesday, August 28, 2007

To Kill a Mockingbird

Author: Harper Lee
Publication Date: 1960 Category: Classic American Fiction Who'll want to read it? Everyone Point of no return: Page1 "We were far too old to settle an argument with a fist-fight, so we consulted Atticus. Our father said we were both right." Classic line: For context I'll give you a few lines: "Dill was becoming something of a trial anyway, following Jem about. He had asked me earlier in the summer to marry him, then promptly forgot about it. He staked me out, marked me as his property, said I was the only girl he would ever love, then he neglected me. I beat him up twice but it did no good, he only grew closer to Jem." Chapter 5 What's it all about? The most beautifully written coming of age story I've ever read. Scout's innocent, honest and wise voice tells the story of a small town's prejudice, bigotry and snobbery. Yet it also tells of the strength of human spirit, the value of life, loyalty, patience, perseverance and love in it's many forms. Publisher: Warner Books

Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Flowers of Ballygrace

Author: Geraldine O'Neill Publication Date: 2006 Category: Family Saga Who'll want to read it? Those who have read others by O'Neill & those who enjoy Maeve Binchy, or the "aga saga" Point of no return: Chapter Three Classic line: He paused for a moment, thinking, then he shook his head. 'You women are all the feckin' same - ye say one thing and mean another. And it's not fair - for us lads are left like eedjits trying to make sense of it all.' What's it all about? A family living along the Grand Canal in County Offaly, Ireland in the late 1950's. As the two adult children form relationships of their own the widowed "mammy" must find her own focus for life again. Deftly describes a period of social change in rural Ireland in this time, and describes the area around Tullamore, Daingean etc., incredibly well. Publisher: Orion