To Kill a Mockingbird…what’s left to say about this incredible book that hasn’t been already apart from the fact that it’s my all time favourite book and the only book that I’ve read more than once.
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.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and a sublime example of the Southern writing tradition.
My Mockingbird journey started when I was 15 in school and we were made to read and study it for our GCSE English exam. At that age, you think you know it all and reckon that any book your English teacher makes you read is going to be a total waste of time. I am amazingly grateful that I was made to read this book!
“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.”
This was the first book I’d ever read like this, that actually made me think about serious issues like racism and justice. It really opened my eyes, feelings and emotions and provoked thoughts that I’d never considered before.
“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”
Recently there was a bit of a hoo-ha surrounding this book being removed from the GCSE curriculum; read the article here Michael Gove ‘axes’ American classics including To Kill a Mockingbird from English literature GCSE syllabus – this will be an absoloute traversty that young people today won’t be encouraged to read this.
I’ve seen the play and watched the movie adaptation many times and Gregory Peck is amazing as Atticus Finch – this is one of those rare occasions where the movie is just as great as the book; the mood, the setting, the tension it’s all there.
I’m looking forward to reading it again before the release of the long awaited sequel Go Set a Watchman published Summer 2015.
What is your most favourite book that you’ve read multiple times?