Release: 11th July 1960
Synopsis: A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel – a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.
A true classic of it’s time, and one that should be on everyone’s reading list.
I’ve been meaning to read this for so long, and I’m so happy that I finally have! I’m posting this review today because it is mine and Ben’s 5 year anniversary today (woohoo!), and this is his all time favourite book (as well as Alice in Wonderland!) so thought it would be fitting I posted a review of it today!
I really loved this book, and honestly never expected to love it as much as I did. I knew it was a good book because obviously it’s won a Pulitzer Prize – but I honestly didn’t know how beautifully written it was.
I loved the relationship between Atticus and Jem/Scout, it was such a true account of parenthood in the time it was set, and I love how dedicated Atticus was to both his job and his children.
The issues that were raised throughout the book were brilliant. It focused on so many hard hitting and necessary to discuss topics such as religion, race and the fight that many had to go through in those days, and still today at times, to gain the rights they so truly deserve.
The trial was so interesting and well written, and really gripped me from the moment it began. I have no idea why it took me so long to read it but thank god I did!
Definitely one to read, and put on your TBR no matter who you are!
Ben, if you’re reading this – Happy Anniversary!
You can buy To Kill A Mockingbird on Amazon UK here!