I finally got around to read this beautiful classic by Harper Lee and I can't believe that it took me so long! I really thought it was fantastic. My favorite classic so far, I think.
A while ago when we were talking about our favorite heroes for Booking Through Thursday, so many bloggers chose Atticus. I didn't really understand why, how could he have gotten so many votes? Now I see how. I loved Atticus. He is a wonderful character - such personality, such integrity. You don't see that so much these days, not even in books.
I loved that the story was told by Scout, that we could see everything through the eyes of a child. I suppose it helped that I really liked the way this particular child's mind worked. The way she explained what was happening around her was beautifully put and completely believable at the same time. It was clear from her reactions to those around her that Atticus did a fantastic job raising her and her brother.
I really liked so many of the characters - Jem and the way he took care of his sister, Cal and the way she cared for those around her, the ladies of the neighborhood and their ways. The sense of community was certainly present whenever I spent time on their street. I even came around to Atticus' sister in the end - she only wanted to help.
From what I knew about this book from before, I thought that the entire story was about a white lawyer defending a black man accused of raping a white girl. When I started to read the book, while I read about Scout and Jem and Atticus, I kept waiting for this storyline to appear. By the time the trial came around I was more than half way through the book and I realised that To Kill A Mockingbird is about so much more than that. Family and growing up and what's fair and right in the world. How people will follow the majority. How where you come from doesn't always matter and how sometimes it really does. And about so many other things.
Oh and so beautifully written! I actually read it with the right accent, I think. :-)
I will carry the characters of this book and their story with me for a long while.
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