With the recent release of Harper Lee’s new book ‘Go Set a Watchman’, it occurred to me that, despite having read To Kill a Mockingbird some time ago, I had never reviewed it.
Harper Lee’s, To Kill a Mockingbird is a beautiful and iconic piece of literature which I could easily read again and again.
The story which is told through the eyes of Jean Louise Finch (Scout) tells of her childhood in Alabama. From sweet and amusing stories of the children playing throughout the summer, to the mystery of the man living next door, the book covers a range of emotions and tone.
In this novel, Harper Lee covers some very difficult issues including race and crime, but because the story is told through Scout’s young mind these affairs are tackled well but not in a way that makes it a heavy read. Atticus Finch tells his children about life and issues through clever metaphors, including the quote that links directly back to the book’s title;
‘Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’
Harper Lee’s novel not only has a great story but also brilliant characters, including Jem and Scout Finch and their father Atticus. Such well written characters make it almost impossible not to absolutely love them.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆