Name: To Kill A Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
Published By: Arrow Books
Genre: Modern Classic
The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.
Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.
‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ was that one book that always made me look away in shame for never having read it before. It always seemed like one of those ‘must-read’ classics that you can’t really get away from. So finally I hunkered down to read it and I’m really glad to have finally done so. This book is very much a part of our collective understanding and to finally be in on the discussions gave me a huge sense of relief. But that’s just a part of it. This book was brilliant! It was glorious in its discussion of important themes, the exploration of race, class, gender, childhood, small towns, the justice system, the messages it had to share but especially its characters.
This book took me a little while to finally get into but when I finally did, I was invested in the story for the long run. Atticus Finch, in his humility, his life-lessons is someone I would want to strive to be. What he had to share about people and the world with his children and often other adults was truly an eye-opener. There’s so much to take away from this book and I just want people to go ahead and read it. It’s also a completely different experience to read this book as an adult considering many have read it at a younger age. It leaves you with a bucket load to think and rethink about and I think everyone should try and pick it up.