Saturday, November 1, 2014

"I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks."

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Last night I finished reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Presidential Medal of Freedom recepient Harper Lee. Turns out I mapped out my reading pretty well, since the last moments of the book also take place on October 31. So jot that down. 

Why this book, you ask? It's simple, really.

As a devout Americanophile (It's a word, I swear!), I frankly could no longer postpone reading #TKAM, which is on every American high school reading list if you go by every American movie ever made. I'm glad that I finally ticked off the Pulitzer Prize winning work from my Book Bucket List, too, considering Lee's only book is definitely worth your while.

The 4-1-1:

Six-year-old Jean Louise (aka Scout) and her older brother Jeremy (aka Jem) are two Alabaman kids who live with their widowed lawyer father Atticus Finch, a truly wise and sympathetic man who is respected by nearly everyone in their hometown of Maycomb. The sleepy Southern town, smack in the middle of the Great Depression, largely turns on Atticus, however, when Judge Taylor appoints him to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a young white woman. Scout, through whose eyes the story unfolds, finds it very difficult to deal with the taunts and threats aimed at her father, learning a thing or two about prejudice, hate and senselessness as Tom's trial develops.

I hardly expected To Kill A Mockingbird, which was published in 1960, to hit so hard. Harper Lee's writing reads like breathing, and telling this story of injustice and intolerance through the lens of a little girl is extremely powerful and moving. Scout's innocent views on life and race relations only emphasize how truly messed up it is to label, discriminate against and shun people based on their heritage or lineage. If you're looking for a touching and symbolism-filled classic about how society judges harmless people, TKAM is right up your alley.

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