To Kill A Mockingbird is a classic book that is as relevant today as it always has been. Written from a young girls perspective, “Scout” is a wonderful character. She sees the best in people and isn’t afraid to be her own person. Jem, her older brother is never far from her side and getting into mischief. Atticus is a great teacher to his children, with so many quotable phrases to help guide them gently along the right path. He tries to teach his children how to be respectful and compassionate whilst ensuring they don’t miss out on the fun of childhood. He is a very wise dad, and also the county’s lawyer.
When a controversial case is assigned to him we see Atticus take on his lawyer role to protect justice in an unjust world. The court scenes are tense and dramatic, and we see it all unfold from the perspective of his children. An innocent view of what is fair and what is right.
Although the central story is the court case, I would say the real gems are with the other characters that really pull on your emotions. Boo Radley, the man living next door who the children never see but are obsessed with. Calpurnica, the housekeeper, and her relationship with the children, her church, and Atticus. Mrs Dubois, the grumpy old lady who is tough on the children. They all had meaningful messages to bring.
There is no doubt that To Kill A Mockingbird will always be a classic. It is timeless in its messages and a stark reminder that we have so much more to do.
I received a 60th edition copy from the publisher via NetGalley.