Sunday, 15 November 2009

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

My TBR list is quite an eclectic collection of authors and titles. Some of its contents are things which I feel I should have read over the years (eg some classic novels). There are also a few titles where I suspect I'm the only bibliophile who hasn't yet read them; To Kill A Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee is one such title.
"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."
I am probably preaching to the choir here, but To Kill A Mockingbird is truly one of the most amazing books I have ever read and I can't believe I waited to long to hunt it out. Set in the fictional Maycomb County, Alabama, during the 1930s against a backdrop of racial prejudice, the story is a classic and an astute observation of human nature; there is nothing to be gained from me rehashing the plot. From start to finish, this novel is difficult to put down and easily picked up again from wherever the reader left off. That Atticus Finch is one of the greatest characters of all time, yet can still be so utterly believable, is truly a testament to Lee's writing ability. The lessons he instilled in his children through his quiet, calm demeanour would serve as a model for us all.

 I am now looking forward to watching the movie of the same name.

1 comment:

Kellee said...

You're most definitely preaching to the choir :)

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favourite all time books. I had to read it at school & was blown away. I could still rattle off 50 quotes I think.

I remember making my Dad read it, & he didn't think he could possibly enjoy high school material, but thanks me to this day for the push.