I rambled at length the other day when I’d finished re-reading it about my love for Pride & Prejudice so it feels like a little bit of a cheat, almost, to enthuse about it again. It is true, however, that it is one of my favourite classics – definitely the first one that came to mind when I saw the topic for today.
The other book that springs to mind is Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. I first read it at school, and still have the copy I had back then, very dog-eared and filled with post-it notes and notes written in margins in pencil (Well I wasn’t desecrating a book writing in pen And, despite pulling the book apart to death, I am still in love with the story. It’s so powerful.
The basis of the story is the trial of a black man who is accused of raping a white woman, in the deep south in the 1930s, a time and place steeped in racial and class prejudice. It’s also the story of a widowed man raising his two children, and it’s the dynamic of the Finch family I love. Atticus is one of my favourite literary heroes and I loved being able to watch Jem and Scout growing up, the innocence and empathy that they view the world around them with.
I now feel the need to move the book back up on my to-read pile… And, for the record, I have no intention on reading Go Set A Watchman. I have numerous issues surrounding the release of the book!