Monday, February 18, 2019

300 Books Everyone Should Read at Least Once ~ #1 To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)

Did anyone NOT read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 1926-2016) in school at some point?  This Pulitzer Prize novel has become an American classic.  

My middle grandson, who is not really a lover of reading, struggled to finish Mockingbird for school.  I challenged him and promised if he finished the book we could watch the movie together.  I was so proud when his response to the movie was that "the book was better."  A win for Grandma!

The story has a slow meandering start as we get to know and understand the Finch family, their neighbours, and friends.  The characters are wonderfully written, especially Scout Finch, a young girl living with her family in Maycomb, Alabama with her older brother Jem and father Atticus during the Depression.  

Atticus is a lawyer, a quiet man, admired by his community until the day he agreed to defend a young black man accused of raping a white woman.  The Finch family struggle with the consequences of this decision.  It is almost past the children's understanding.  Atticus takes a heroic stand for what he believes is right despite the pressures and threats against him.

I don't even know how many times I've read it in my life.  But it is a story I cherish.  Discover for yourself as you read what the meaning of the title.

The only other novel by Harper Lee is Go Set a Watchman (2015).  I have it on my Kobo.  Perhaps that should be my next read . . . 

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