03 February 2012

To Kill A Mockingbird ~ Harper Lee

****  RECOMMEND ****

Winner : Pulitzer Prize 1961

A reading experience for any age group
A classic to be reread and reread

Classic Catchup.
Had a bit of a glitch ... half way through the paperback and there was a major printing error so this reading was actually spread over two months ... had to wait for a back up copy.

This book is brilliantly written. It is a classic read not just because of the storyline but the excellent writing, the wonderful readability. Lee gives so much social background and so much personal background by weaving it deftly into the plot. There is never that sense of blah-blah-blah pages that often annoy in current narratives (that strike me as author's notes that force the characterisation on the reader rather than it being gained by osmosis).

This is an encompassing experience : such a vivid portrait of the times, of childhood, of growing up, of bigotry ... of so many, many things. It is a slow, warm, endearingly evocative insight into the world of the Scout, Jem and Atticus. I was sad to leave them at the end!