Why old books sometimes don't connect with young readers
I'm reading To Kill a Mockingbird to my kid. I've never read it, one of the many gaps in my education. In the book, Scout gets in trouble for beating up one of her cousins after he calls her father Atticus a "nigger-lover." As a result, her uncle spanks her so hard he leaves red marks. [Full disclosure: we won't ponder the irony of that.]
Anyway, my child is not familiar with certain old slang words. So when I read, "Uncle Jack said if I talked like that he'd lick me again, so I was quiet," let's just say this did not paint the right picture.