My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I approached reading To Kill a Mockingbird with a bit of apprehension, simply because I had heard so much about it, and had also seen the superb 1962 film adaptation of the novel starring Gregory Peck, and because of it reputation as a Pulitzer prize winner.
However, that soon fell away when I started to read it as I really enjoyed it, not because I felt that I should be liking it because of its reputation, rather because I enjoyed the style of the writing and felt that it took me deep into the world in which it was set and really painted a truly representative picture of what it would have been like during that time.
The writer, Harper Lee, had grown up in a town like the one portrayed in the book, and had more than probably known people very much like the characters who are seen in this book, and that, for me, is what brings the characters to life on the page and makes them real.
I also like the fact that book is written from the viewpoint of a child and that most of the events in the book are seen from that viewpoint which gives some of what takes place (which is pretty strong stuff it has to be said) a totally different perspective, which I find quite refreshing and wouldn’t have been so effective if it had been written from the viewpoint of an adult.
The book can be rather slow placed in parts, but don’t let that put you off as it is well worth persevering with and the characters and situations and settings in the book are interesting enough to keep you reading right till the very end.
I would say read this book if you enjoy a good story and want to learn a bit about what it was really like living in depression hit USA in the deep south in the 1930’s, and not just because it is a book that you are supposed to read, as I am not sure that you would enjoy it, or appreciate it, as much, which would be a shame.