The last six weeks have been a complete blur – I’ve been working almost full time, written/submitted/received my first MA assignment and have had numerous miscellaneous events ongoing, thus any time for reading has vanished from my grasp. Today I have my only day off this week, and I made the most of it by finishing my 56th book of the 2015 Reading Challenge: ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee, fulfilling #18 A Pulitzer Prize winning book.
My Goodreads Review
“‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee tells the story of 1930s America through the eyes of a six-to-nine year old girl. The message that seems to flow through the novel is that both good and evil can be found in the most unlikely of places, and one can never assume anything about anybody.
The plot itself is loose. It follows the day-to-day life of Scout Finch, her brother Jem, and their lawyer father Atticus. It tells the story of the children growing up with a well respected father in a small-town environment, where gossip spreads quickly and everybody is invested in everybody else’s business. The story ultimately culminates with Atticus defending Tom Robinson, a black man accused of the rape of a white girl, and the pandemonium that ensues as a result of the outcome.
Whilst the pace is slow, the character development was excellent, as was the ability to see the lack of equality demonstrated through the innocent eyes of a child. The conclusion of the novel was interesting, and there are certainly plenty of lessons to be learnt from this eye-opening piece of literature.”
I’m not really sure what I was expecting from this novel – I went into it pretty much blind, and I found that it was an interesting tale about segregation. I listened to the audiobook which I found fascinating, as it was delivered in a Southern accent – this definitely aided my ability to understand the time period and the general opinions of people. However, I wouldn’t say that the novel had a profound effect on me, but I am certainly glad I read it.
“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
#18 A Pulitzer Prize winning book – To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (6/10)
Thirty-nine down, eleven to go. (Fifty-six read)
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