Saturday, January 10, 2015

To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee

A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father, a crusading lawyer, risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

This was one of those books I’d had read aloud to me in school, but I never have been a good auditory learner, so of course most of this novel was fuzzy, so I decided to read it once more. I now understand fully why this is a classic. It was an amazing idea to tell this story through the eyes of little Scout Finch. Like many authors since, tackling such a touchy subject as racism through the eyes of an innocent and unbiased child is a smart move. This is a coming of age tale as much as a tale about integrity and justice. There’s a reason why Atticus Finch is synonymous with integrity. This is one of those books that everyone should read once in their lives.

It gets a 4.25 out of 5

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