Wednesday, 29 July 2015

bookworm #36


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This one needs no introduction, but rather embarrassingly I'd never read it! I missed studying it for GCSE English, instead reading Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Since getting over the assumption that because this was a GCSE set text it must be pants, it has been firmly on my 'to read' list. The problem is, my to read list is pretty extensive and made worse by my fairly regular trips to Oxfam books where I pick up a couple of new reads each time. When I saw that Harper Lee was releasing the prequel to this (Go Set a Watchman) I knew it was about time I finally got my arse in gear and read it. 

"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."

To Kill a Mockingbird is the story of Scout and Jem Finch and their father Atticus, the local lawyer, and their struggles with racism, bigotry and inequality in 1930s America. The novel starts with Jem and Scout's obsession with local recluse Boo Radley, and later develops to follow the controversial case of Tom Robinson. Controversial because Tom is a black man charged with raping a white woman, and Atticus is hired to defend him. The book tells the story of how Atticus teaches his children to be fair and considerate, despite living in a neighbourhood with a very different view of diversity.

I loved this book. The topics of race and inequality really interest me and this was a great account, from a child's perspective, of morality and compassion in the face of small-town, small-minded bigotry. As most others, I saw Atticus as a complete hero and the picture of strong ethics and morals. I am just left with the question; why did it take me so long to read this?!

Have you read To Kill a Mockingbird? What about Go Set a Watchman?

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6 comments

  1. I've been so skeptical to read this book as it is such a hyped up classic. I'm glad you liked it!

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  2. This is one of my favourite books ever so it's nice to see someone else enjoying it too :) I've just finished Go Set A Watchman and to be honest I wasn't that enamoured with it as it's so different from To Kill A Mockingbird. Would be interested to know what you think about it!

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  3. I just realized that this is a classic I missed!
    (the italian title is very different "Il buio oltre la siepe" that means more or less "The darkness beyond the hedge")
    Going to kindle store now ;-)

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  4. Omg I absolutely adore this book, it is my favourite of all time (and I've read a lot of books)! I've just started Go Set A Watchman but I'm not so sure about it yet, because it is really different to To Kill A Mockingbird, mostly due to Scout now being an adult and being called her full name, Jean Louise...

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  5. 100% the best book I've ever read, and it has to be one of the best stories ever written. Atticus is one of my all time favourite characters, though I really don't want to give Go Set a Watchman a read as he's apparently not so hero like. Plus there's lots of theories around the release of the book suggesting Harper Lee didn't want it released/didn't realise what she was agreeing to when she signed some papers.... But who knows!
    I'm so glad you enjoyed the book, it really is such a classic.

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  6. I've never actually read this book. I didn't do it in school (hello anthology!) So many people have recommended it though so I guess I should do something about that!

    Leanne

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