First, a giant thank you to The Classics Club for inspiring me to read the some of the best books on this earth. There are many new titles on my list of 61. There are also a few that I've read before, such as To Kill A Mockingbird. I'm so glad I put this on my list. It is indeed a classic novel and one that I should probably read once a year.
To Kill A Mockingbird was published in 1960 and was an immediate best seller. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961. There are over 18 million copies in print and it has been translated into 40 languages. It was also made into an Academy Award winning film starring Gregory Peck.
The characters from this novel have entered our collective lexicon. Who hasn't heard of Boo Radley? Even if you've never read the book you've probably heard of the people who populate it. Scout Finch is the narrator and she is the funniest and wisest little girl that ever told a tale. The cast of characters are many and varied and ring true. Scout's brother Jem, their cook and nanny Calpernia, the neighbor boy Dill, the mysterious Boo Radley and the other assorted community members are all a joy to read about. There are characters that tug at your heart and others that you love to hate. (Bob Ewell, jerk!)
The best character? The noble, honest, loving, intelligent, fantastic father: Atticus Finch. And I'm not talking about the movie version Atticus, you don't have to picture the handsome Mr. Peck while reading this to fall head over heels in love with the man. Here is a guy that does the right thing. Even when that right thing is scarier than we can wrap our modern 2012 minds around.
Atticus is a white southern lawyer. He is defending a black man accused of rape. In Alabama. In the 1930s. Yikes, right? That takes gumption and bravery and all around awesomeness.
If you've never read To Kill A Mockingbird, you should. If you have, you should read it again.
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