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Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird – A Timeless Masterpiece ❤️

July 13, 2015

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee is due to be published tomorrow in the UK – July 14th 2015, fifty-five years after the first book was published, written by the same author. 

A book that has been awaited for many many years. A suprise sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird.

  
I first read To Kill A Mocking Bird at high school. Along with John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. American classic works of literature which we read, analysed and assessed. At the time I didn’t realise what masterpieces these books actually were, we had to read them, it was for school.

It was actually much later in life at a local book club when a friend chose ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ as her favourite book when I noticed this classic book for what it actually was – a true masterpiece.

It is not a difficult book to read, it flows so easily, the story is quite simple, but what makes it a classic in my opinion is that it has historical content. Content which is very important to understanding life in that period in time. The words that come to mind are racism, prejudice, humanity and law. But what makes it unique is that all these very adult subjects are viewed and described through the innocent eyes of a child. It is a story which can be enjoyed by anyone who can read, and I believe my children and grandchildren will enjoy reading it as much as I did. It is known as one of the definitive novels of the twentieth century, and winner of the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize.

Here is a summary of what To Kill a Mocking Bird is about. I have preordered Go Set a Watchman and am eagerly antisipating its arrival.

“Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit’s, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird’

Tom Robinson, a black man, is charged with the rape of a white girl in the deep south of 1930’s America. This is the story about how a white lawyer called Atticus Fitch defends this accused man. The story is told through the eyes of Atticus’s young children Scout and Jem. They live in a town called Maycomb in Alabama. A town seeped in prejudice, violence, racism and confusion.

 

Harper Lee today

 
Harper Lee describes the complexities of what is happening through the eyes of Scout and Jem. A girl and boy who attend school in Maycomb and have lived in this town all their lives. It is a story with humour and sadness but an very strong moral story which is still relevant to the world we live in today.

Harper Lee’s life has many similarities to those of Scout, the town she grew up in, amd still lives in to this day. Her family, her father. 

I have not read the sequel yet, but plan to review it for you very soon. From the many media reports about the new book by Harper Lee, I feel you need to read To Kill a Mocking Bird first to totally understand the story of Scout and her family and life. Go Set a Watchman is about Scout, her real name is Jean Louise, as an adult.

  
I cannot wait….

Enjoy! xxx

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