[quote="CatherineOH, post:4, topic:307069"]
I am also appalled that it is now required reading in some High Schools. It is a worse book than To Kill a Mocking Bird, or worse, Lord of the Flies. At least the Lord of the Flies presented issues of morality and civility that are present in today's society. It is an opening to quite good discussions in Civil responsibility and moral truths.
To Kill a Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies were 2 of the better pieces of english literature I read in school. I still rate TKM as the best thing I read in english in high school (and elementary really).
[quote="TheAtheist, post:16, topic:307069"]
I found the whole narrative to be poignant - esp. that description of the girl pouring syrup on everything...
Apparently you didn't read very closely, because it was Walter Cunningham that was pouring syrup on everything, and he's a boy.
It is told from the perspective of a little girl, so you're going to get weird focuses like that sometimes. I take it as a narrative of a little girl who's growing up in a racist Southern American town.