I bought the kindle version of this Literary Classic today, on the day of Harper Lee's passing. Even though I have a hardback and paperback, it seemed like you can never get enough of To Kill A Mockingbird. What an incredible legacy this amazing author has left the world.
This book is absolutely brilliant. I've read the book three times in my life, at ages 13, 21 and now (today) at 42. With each reading I gain a deeper appreciation for the storyline, the author, and the moral beliefs that are challenged within these pages. I still can't believe it was written so long ago and yet Is still so relevant. There are few books that increase in complexity the more they are read, Harper Lee seems to speak to readers of all ages. With its slow, warm and evocative opening chapters, Mockingbird starts off like a sultry summer day in the South. Lee depicts a South of "whistling bob white," biscuits and warm milk, and ladies who on the hottest days bathe twice by noon and then douse themselves in lavender-smelling powder.
The story is narrated by Scout, the daughter of Atticus Finch, a criminal defence attorney in the Deep South who is assigned to defend a black man in his trial for raping a white girl. The novel tells the story of how Scout and her family endure the threatening ridicule from their community for Atticus' loyalty to this man. While Harper Lee delivers the message that black people were discriminated against in the Deep South, the other profound message is the struggle that whites endured when they chose to side with the blacks. Though there are many poignant moments, my favourite part was Atticus Finch's closing argument during the trial. His monologue constitutes some of the best pages of literature ever read. No matter how many times this novel is read, the reader will never cease to feel compelled by the message that it delivers. It should be compulsory reading.
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