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She asked Berke Breathed to keep Opus around. He brought back Opus for 2 other strips, Outland and Opus.

https://www.wired.com/2016/07/berke-breathed-comic-con/

Maybe I will now read to kill a mockingbird since I have so much free time now.
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Do read it. It's the greatest work in all of American literature.
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It really is a really good book and Chronos might be right. I'm hard pressed trying to think of a better book by an American Author.
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Yes, get the book. I agree with Chronos.

When my son was in high school they read it in class. On one sunny day we talked about it under the apple tree.

But the movie with Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, and Mary Badham as Scout, was great too. They fit together so well that Mary Badham called Gregory Peck, Atticus for the rest of his life.
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ordered a used copy of the book. I will watch the movie after I read it.
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She asked Berke Breathed to keep Opus around. He brought back Opus for 2 other strips, Outland and Opus.

https://www.wired.com/2016/07/berke-breathed-comic-con/

Maybe I will now read to kill a mockingbird since I have so much free time now.
TKAM was one of only two assigned reading books I had in high school that I ended up liking, well, loving actually.I was sure it was going to be awful, but if I had to reduce my library to, say, ten books, that one would be in it.
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ordered a used copy of the book. I will watch the movie after I read it.
I've never seen the movie. But the book is deeply effecting.

It came along at such a time that it's not too much to say it changed my life.
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It came along at such a time that it's not too much to say it changed my life.
I've never read the book. Does it have the same effect on adult readers?
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I've never read the book. Does it have the same effect on adult readers?
It is a very good book, a classic, but I can't say that it changed my life. The film is also excellent.
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Do read it. It's the greatest work in all of American literature.
Agreed! I say that all the time, itís an excellent read.
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Agreed! I say that all the time, itís an excellent read.
There is Hemingway, Steinbeck, Samuel Clemens, William Faulkner...
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ordered a used copy of the book. I will watch the movie after I read it.
The book and the movie are very close. The plot is not changed, just some things condensed out ot it. The movie deserved it's awards. It had Robert Duvall's first screen appearance. He was important, but had no lines.
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There is Hemingway, Steinbeck, Samuel Clemens, William Faulkner...
You might be able to make a case for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn being greater. The rest of those? No.
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You might be able to make a case for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn being greater. The rest of those? No.
I'd put The Grapes of Wrath or To Have and Have Not up against To Kill a Mockingbird.
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I found that Faulkner and Steinbeck were great cures for insomnia.
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You might be able to make a case for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn being greater. The rest of those? No.
Huck and Moby-Dick
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Huck and Moby-Dick are certainly greater. And I second cpís elevation of The Grapes of Wrath.

John OíHaraís Appointment in Samarra is a better novel. Ditto Ann Petryís The Street and Dashiell Hammettís Red Harvest.

Also Sinclair Lewisís Arrowsmith, Frank Norrisís McTeague, Henry Jamesís The Aspen Papers, Vladimir Nabokovís Pale Fire.

And Richard Wrightís Native Son. And e.e. cummingsís The Enormous Room.. And Hemingwayís The Sun Also Rises. And Flannery OíConnorís Wise Blood. And Raymond Chandlerís Farewell, My Lovely.

Shirley Jacksonís We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Richard Brautiganís In Watermelon Sugar. Dawn Powellís A Time to Be Born. Ralph Ellisonís Invisible Man.

Milt Grossís He Done Her Wrong. Patrick Dennisís Little Me.

I can think of more.
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I can think of more.
I see you've already posted in this thread, which seems like a more appropriate place for such a list.

I think that at least some of the books that you mentioned are good in ways that make them more challenging and less accessible than To Kill A Mockingbird. The ways that TKaM are good are ways that contribute to its broad appeal.
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