In TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Harper Lee captures the essence of childhood amidst the tensions of a small southern town torn by prejudice and intolerance.In TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Harper Lee captures the essence of childhood amidst the tensions of a small southern town torn by prejudice and intolerance.
I don't know how old I was when I first read TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD -- eleven maybe, or twelve. As a child, I was immediately drawn into young Scout's world. Like her, I worshiped her father, Atticus. And like her brother, Jem, I wept the tears of a child in the face of blatant, horrific injustice.
Having just finished it again after many years, I not only recalled my experience of first reading it, but I discovered the many layers in Harper Lee's story, the subtleties that had eluded my child's mind. But while the subtleties are brilliant, there is something about the innocence of a child's tears, wept on the pages so long ago; for it's the perfect capturing of that very innocence, like a bird nestled softly in the hand, that makes this book a masterpiece....more