Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is an absolute classic about humanity, specifically related to racism.  It was written in the early 1900s.

Let me start by saying this is the best book I have ever read from start to finish.  I actually can’t remember if I read it in school as part of a novel study but if I did, I certainly didn’t like it then.  Now as an adult and my reading skills are [hopefully] better, I absolutely love it.  There was not a single wasted word or phrase in the entire 300+ page book.

To Kill a Mockingbird deals heavily with the theme of racism – whites vs. blacks.  I had to wince and cringe at some of the descriptions and words used to describe black people in this book.  I don’t know if Harper Lee knew it at the time, but those descriptions are what make the book so powerful reading it today.  I can’t imagine any human reading it and not saying, “Oh wow, this is not right”.

Tom Robinson, a “negro”, is accused of raping a white woman.  The trial itself is more of a backdrop of the entire book.  What happens to Tom is happening to all black people throughout the book and history, really.

The story is told from the point of view of a young girl, Scout Finch.  It does not say directly, but it appears she is much older now when retelling the story.  We see how even a young girl like Scout kind of just “goes with the flow” of how other people in her town view black people and how it changes over time as the story progresses.  Kind of like a mob……..

Great, great book.

 

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