Well, let’s get a confession out of the way first: this was not a re-read. That’s right, at approaching 30 years of age, I had never read this classic of literature set in the American South. I have now.
I was gripped by Harper Lee’s prose. I’m not sure I can put my finger on exactly why, but I was! Scout is such a good main character. Told through her eyes, she makes you care about her family and her neighbours in her sleepy village. Although you could say not a lot happens, and the story encompasses several years, it was enjoyable nonetheless. I think I might have enjoyed it the way I enjoyed the Little House on the Prairie books in my childhood, though they are hugely different. I also love all the names: Boo Radley, Atticus Finch, Jem and Dill, to name but a few!
In conclusion then, this is a well written story, that in my opinion completely deserves the classic label. If, like me, you’ve left it this long to pick it up, I urge you to waste no more time and try it now.
I give To Kill A Mockingbird 8/10. Next up, a little known crime/ pulp fiction book by Jim Thompson Pop. 1280.