To Kill a Mockingbird

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Hola! Blogging Tuesday is upon us again.

I’m currently reading Desperation, another Stephen King, and it’s how you say freaky as crap and makes It seem less phobia-inducing. But I’m not far enough into it to post more a few sentences, so instead I’m turning to another classic on my shelf: To Kill a Mockingbird.

Take any copy of TKAM you find in an library or a bookstore. The book’s description is probably enough to make you put it down, or open it up. I had no idea what the book was when I first got it, around 2 or 3 years ago, because it’s iconic enough lazy editors don’t write a summary, just generalities about the book’s themes, and they proceed to list the billion awards it won.  This might make you curiosu enough to buy it, or bored enough to drop it quick.

What TKAM is really about?

It’s about Maycomb, Alabama, in the Depression, childhood, racism, and growing up. Sounds more interesting now, right? Your narrator is Scout Finch, christian name Jean Louise. She and her brother Jem play under the eye of their housekeeper Calpurnia, and are officially raised by their father Atticus, a lawyer.  The beginning of the novel brings you the oddity of Charles Baker Harris, or Dill to most people, and introduces the town’s phantom Boo Radley and the childrens’ fascination  and fear of him.

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Atticus Finch is assigned a case that will change his and his family’s lives. Tom Robision, a black man, has been accused of raping Mayella Ewell, who might be white trash, but she’s white. Atticus knows there’s no hope, but he swears to do his best by Tom. Little does he know the consequences of that decision.

TKAM’s been in my thoughts because I’m reading it (again) for English.  It deserves to be a classic much more than Dickens’ works do. (Sorry Dickens fans, he and I walk a very thin line of liking each other).  It’s told in the voice of an adult reflecting over childhood, with all the funny thoughts of a little kid thrown in.  It really is thought provoking, and if Harper Lee was only going to write one book, this was the one.

Author: Harper Lee

Pages: 281

Lindsay’s Verdict: 5 Stars.

Up Next: Desperation.

 

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