A Video Talk
This novel won the Pulitzer Prize, and is beloved around the world, and yet its topics of rape and racial inequality have also made it controversial. Did it allow Harper Lee to live up to her desire to be ‘The Jane Austen of South Alabama’? What makes this book so powerful?
“I remember starting it and just devouring it, not being able to get enough of it,”
― Oprah Winfrey
This novel won the Pulitzer Prize, and is beloved around the world, and yet its topics of rape and racial inequality have also made it controversial. It is high on the list of novels banned from American libraries and schools. Some argue that because its pages include the word ‘Nigger’, it should not be read by modern readers, while others insist that its message about fairness, legal justice for all regardless of skin colour, its coming of age story and its heroine’s loss of innocence, is something that every child needs to know.
To Kill a Mockingbird was a novel that provoked social change. It had a great impact on the American Civil Rights Movement, showing through fiction and the power of readers’ imaginations just what it was like to for a black man to face a court of white jurors when accused of raping a white woman. The American Bar Association erected a monument to Atticus Finch, in gratitude for all he did to improve the public profile of lawyers. The book moved people, changed their minds and helped bring about greater equality in the American South.
At just $9 this Video Talk is a real treat! In it, I reveal intriguing stories about the author to help you understand what prompted this book to be written. I identify the main characters and their roles, analyse the themes behind the story, and describe the influence that the era, lifestyle and circumstances have on the book’s setting. It is illustrated with photographs, paintings, scenes from different film versions and book covers – you’ll have plenty to look at while you listen. Buy it now and receive a link to view your video immediately.
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Thank you for the wonderful talk about the Suitable Boy. I found the biosketch of Vikram Seth as fascinating as the book. What an amazing man!
I look forward to seeing you on the screen next month.
Thank you for yet another marvellous journey, Susannah!
Just loved going to India with you today, having travelled widely there for several months back in the hippy days of 1970 and again in 1978 (This time with Oxfam).
I heard Vickram Seth speak at the 2008 Ubud Writers Festival, alas, I don’t seem to have got a photo that day.
I have to admit to not having read the book, the daunting size has always put me off, but I watched the Netflix series this week in advance of the talk and just loved it. Not a touch of Bollywood’s over-the-topness and superficiality about the production. I was aware throughout of the Pride and Prejudice parallels! And how daring that kiss must have been to an Indian audience. An Equal Music blew me away when I read it 20 years ago- time to revisit that one.
Thanks for the wondrous insights into Seth’s Life and work.