I shouldn’t really need an excuse to re-read one of my all-time favourite books. But with the imminent release of Harper Lee’s lost novel – ‘Go Set a Watchman’, I couldn’t resist re-reading the brilliant ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ – a novel that everyone should read at least two of three times.
But coming back to this book has also been a shock. During the 1930s, racism in the Southern USA was blatant, and black people didn’t have much hope for justice. But I wonder how much things have really changed – the target of our prejudice moves around and we start all over again. In many ways we just like to think that we’re better.
The story and the characters were easy to love. Atticus Finch is the ultimate father figure as he fights to save Tom Robinson and teach his children right from wrong. Calpurnia is the stereotypical black maid. Scout is the 8 year old tomboy who doesn’t want to grow up and become a young lady (I’m wondering what sort of an adult she will be in ‘Go Set a Watchman’). Bob Ewell thinks the world owes him much more than he’s receiving – I think I met him just last week.
The book left me with a warm fuzzy feeling, but also with a great sense of unease (if that’s possible).
All I can say about this book is that it is a must read and every time I read it I find something new. The movie is also excellent.
So now I wait impatiently to get my hands on ‘Go Set a Watchman’.
Book Published 1960