Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

What’s it about? 

A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel – a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.




My thoughts

Disclaimer: This has been my favourite book since I was forced to read it aged 15 in my English class.  It is only 1 of 2 books that I’ve ever re-read and will only ever be perfect to me!

Having said that, it’s been quite a few years since I last read it, probably at least ten, and I was a little apprehensive that now, at 44, my experience of the book would be different and I wouldn’t enjoy it as much or I’d have to demote it from favourite book status, but phew, I still loved it and it just goes to show it’s a book for all ages and still, unfortunately, just as relevant now.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” 

For those of you that don’t know the book, it’s told from the point of view of Scout, a nine-year-old girl, and covers many subjects including racism, injustice, rape, social class and abuse so expect the language to be of its time and not necessarily an easy read – to be fair it probably reads like a social commentary of the time.  On a much smaller scale it reminds me of bygone innocent childhood summers, going out after breakfast, home for tea – different times.

Atticus is one of the best, fairest and most generous characters ever written and my admiration for him is probably what piqued my interest in law.  Legal dramas and thrillers have always been my go to book, tv and movie choice ever since.

“We’re paying the highest tribute you can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It’s that simple.”

It surprises me after all this time, and so many reads, that I still took something new from this book and that was the end.  I’d not noticed before how ambiguous I found the ending – what really did happen between Jem and Bob Ewell in the woods!

Love it – a modern classic that everyone should read at least once.

“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.” 

Book links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

Small print for info
Source: Purchased…years & years ago 🙂
No of pages: 320
Publisher: Arrow

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