Sunday, February 2, 2014

To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Despite extensive studies in English and American civilisation, I had never read anything but extracts from this iconic novel. Seeing as how 350 million Americans all appear to love it dearly, I anticipated some sort of 'It's A Wonderful Life'.

... And it was, more or less! An upgraded and improved version; more nuanced and resting on an infinitely superior narrative structure.

Admittedly, this is yet another coming-of-age story, but a female one, and one skilfully told from a child's point of view, depicting racial tension in the deep South of the 1930s.

Almost as endearing as the novel itself is its author; Harper Lee never published anything but this autobiographical story ('Dill' = Truman Capote!) and has made very few public appearances. That is fascinating behaviour.


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