To Kill a Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
Published: June 2010 (originally published in 1960)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Source: purchased at Borders
My Rating: 10 stars! (how could you expect any less?!?)
Synopsis (from goodreads.com): "Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." 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 rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward 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 and quiet heroism of one man's struggle for justice—but the weight of history will only tolerate so much.
My Thoughts: For a book that is truly an American classic, there are so many things that I could talk about. But since this is the first time that I have read this book while having a book blog, I will try to keep it simple. What it is that draws me back to this book, year after year? It's the way that it instantly transports me back to being a child. As I read the book, I am back to being a six year old, still playing make-believe but starting to wonder about the world around me. I don't fee like I identify with Scout, I feel like I am Scout. Harper Lee's writing removes that barrier between reader and characters (at least for me), and I am with Scout and Jem as they await the arrival of Dill each summer and create dramas with one another. It seems cliche, but the book takes me back to a simpler time. A time when I wasn't concerned about who was calling/texting/emailing me, when I didn't care what I would eat for dinner that day, when I was unconcerned with what my laundry situation was like. As long as I could, I imagined and pretended to my heart's content, unaware of the world around me. For that reason, To Kill a Mockingbird will always be one of my favorite books, not because of the characters or setting, but because of the ability to make me a child again.