Review #43

I recently read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee but I forget to create a Currently Reading post. It is very important that I share this book with you all, as it was spectacular.

This story is told from the point of view of a young girl from the deep south in the 1930’s. Every page is packed with imagination, humor, wisdom, learning, and curiosity. Scout was exceptionally bright and quick for her age, and seeing the world of Maycomb, Alabama through her eyes was quite an experience. This novel was brutally honest. Right is right and wrong is wrong. The life lessons and truths in this book are universally known, and it’s no wonder that it’s considered an American classic still today.

With some people, the word “classic” may make them shudder. Some may dread the reading of classic novels simply because they have preordained notions that to be old is to be boring. Well, this book is fun. It was fun to be 7 years old again, to run wild with an older brother and a neighbor, to terrorize neighbors and wreck gardens but have to pay for it later, to read on your father’s lap, and to go to school. Every moment of this story, even the times when sadness and death were at hand, had a lightness to it. Seeing through the eyes of a child brings you joy, innocence, and laughter. Scout was unashamed, snarky, and sweet, and she was wise beyond her years. You will undoubtedly fall in love with Lee’s characters.

This novel slowly builds and builds, settling you down in the quiet town and feeding you character after character until you feel as though you know every Tom, Dick, and Harry, and then suddenly the power and meaning behind every word comes crashing down on you. Finally you realize what it really means to kill a mockingbird, and it changes you.

(This image belongs to https://www.amazon.com/Kill-Mockingbird-Harper-Lee/dp/0446310786)

Please read this book, you’ll be better for it.

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

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