It has been many years since I have read Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird. I read it the last time as a freshman in high school because it was part of the required reading. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the book, so I thought,”Why not read it for Banned Books Week 2010?” Although I didn’t finish it within Banned Books Week, I was able to finish it roughly a week or so later.
I remember enjoying this book when I was in my teens. It was one of the few books that I had to read that I truly did enjoy. This time, I enjoyed it even more. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most “real” books ever written. Taking the reader through the story of a Southern town’s biggest hurdle–the trial of a black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman–we are shown the 1930s through the eyes of Scout Finch and her brother Jem. The story takes us from the innocence of Scout and Jem’s imaginative play time to their maturing into a wise-beyond-their-years knowledge of the world’s ways. I would dare say that most of us see a little bit of ourselves in either Scout, Jem, or even the comedic relief of Dill. We all have our own coming-of-age story. Harper Lee created a true masterpiece with To Kill a Mockingbird. Rarely does one come across such a well-written, heartstring-tugging, simple-but-complex novel. I think that’s why most readers find this one such an enjoyable read.
Since I hadn’t read it in such a long time, I opened the book with no pre-concieved notions of what I would determine the review to be. However, I find that I was not disappointed at all in this masterpiece. It was just as good as I remember it being and as most people say it is. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird receives a solid A from Coffee & Literature.