#ThrowbackThursdayBookstagram for this week is TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee. I’ve read this book several times, and I’ve seen the 1962 movie (which is rare for me), and I loved them both.
The Chicago Tribune wrote of the book, “A first novel of such rare excellence that it will no doubt make a great many readers slow down to relish more fully its simple distinction. . . . A novel of strong contemporary national significance,” and Lee won the Pulitzer for it. The novel has been hailed as a “masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred.”
The publisher goes on to describe it: “One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.”
The novel stands out to me because of all I learned from it. Books teach and open readers eyes, and To Kill a Mockingbird did just that. It widened my perspective of the world, brought to light injustices that, I will admit, my parents didn’t acknowledge. The book made me understand how important social justice is, and that change can happen, but we have to make it happen. The message is still, if not more, relevant today in our post-George Floyd world. Truly an important read.
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