To Kill A Mockingbird is still one of my favorite classical literature books. I first read this book as part of my CXC syllabus in high school (for non-Caribbean readers, that equivalent to GCE O levels). The following review highlights the major points that Harper Lee wanted to convey with her novel. This is even more relevant in today’s society and especially calls to mind the Trayvon Martin/Zimmerman trial. Racism is still alive and well.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Nelle Harper Lee wrote and published To Kill a Mockingbird, winning the Pulitzer in 1961, along with many other awards, later becoming an international bestseller, and ultimately a classic in American literature.
Much of the book is loosely based on her experiences of racism in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where she was the daughter of a lawyer. Even several characters of her novel are named after her mother Frances Cunningham Finch, and the young boy named Dill in the novel is further based on her childhood friend Truman Capote. In 1962, the book was made into a movie with Gregory Peck.
What strikes me most about this novel is that it becomes political without trying to, and it’s an easy reminder of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin that changed the course of American…
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