4+ of 5 stars for To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, published in 1960 and winner of a Pulitzer prize. Almost every teenager is told to read this during high school, or at least they were when I attended about 25 years ago… I thought about doing a normal book review for this one, but ultimately I wouldn’t be able to do it justice. Two key things I’d really like to say:
1. I couldn’t give this a 5 because there were a few parts that I thought needed some clean-up, could have added additional emotions and might have been an even more stellar jump off the page. But it’s a 4.4999999999999 and some days, I want to re-read it to see if I can absolutely push it up to that mighty 5 I’ve only given out about 15 times… less than 3% of my reads…
2. Forget what time period this was written in or written about. Ignore the color of a person’s skin. Don’t give any consideration to the parent / child relationship. Avoid focusing on it as a tale of an attorney with a case. This is a book about every single human being. About every decision we make in life. About all that matters when you are alive.
Each of us feels like someone in the book… Atticus Finch, Scout, Boo Radley, Jem, Aunt Alexandra, Calpurnia, Tom Robinson…. I could go on forever. Probably more than just 1 of them. And maybe different ones at different points in our lives. You cannot help but feel your mind moving all over the place in trying to decide where your heart falls in this story.
It’s a collection of lessons we all need to learn and be careful to understand to the fullest extent. People don’t raise themselves. They are raised by the influences around them. And then they make their own choices from all they’ve seen and heard.
We all have a choice. We may not know it. But we do. It doesn’t mean you like the outcome. But there is always a choice.
The very basics of your character are laid out on the table in this book.
Honor and Respect are earned, not given.
Family is important. But so is trust and an open-mind.
In the beginning, I noted we all see ourselves in some number of these characters. What I really should have said, although that is true, is that we also — every single one of us — without a doubt in my mind — IDENTIFIES with Scout. Everything she’s been thru (to varying degrees, excluding the obvious big item that happens/almost happens to her) is something every one of us faces during the course of our life.
Identifying with someone is at our core. And I can think of no better way to read this book than to choose who you are as a person and how you want to identify yourself to the rest of the world.
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