To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is by no means a science fiction novel, or fantasy for that matter, and can not be regarded as “geek-related” by any means I can devise via this blog post. To Kill a Mockingbird needs not another review, another plot summary, or another praiser. In my opinion, To Kill a Mockingbird just IS. It is the embodiment of history, power, movement, and feeling like no other work of fiction I’ve ever come across can be. It is the Great American Novel that so many others try to be – and that’s not to say that other books fail in that respect, but none quite move me like this one does.
No, this isn’t the first time I’ve gone through To Kill a Mockingbird, and I doubt it’ll be my last. If you can find me an American-born child who hasn’t read the book in school, I’d be impressed. Unfortunately as kid, when you’re told to read something, required to even, you tend to do it begrudgingly, halfheartedly – and I’m afraid most of my peers never gave it
the chance… no. The respect it deserves. To Kill a Mockingbird is as much a masterpiece as Atticus Finch was a great man and an even better father.
The line that always gets me; watching the movie, reading the book, or (as this is the first time the book has become available on audiobook in 50 years) listened to it, is this: “Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passin’.” It is perhaps the single greatest line in American Literature. The reverence shown to Atticus by the colored folk in this scene breaks my heart every single time. And similarly, I feel the entirety of the novel deserves that same level of respect. I have nothing critical to say about the book, nor would I deem myself worthy as a blogger to have the right to. So I’ll keep this brief, as I doubt I even have the words in me to give this a proper review. I love this book. Truly, I love this book.
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