Off the bookshelf: To Kill A Mockingbird

MockingbirdWhen you hit the third decade of your life, many of life’s “firsts” are often behind you in terms of cultural discoveries. So it’s with immense joy that I discovered for the first time the incisive, sarcastic and downright funny prose of Harper Lee, she of “Victoria Beckam’s baby” fame (ducking for cover here – there was also a Pulitzer I hear).

I never had to study this book in school, we were too busy being force-fed Montesquieu and Sartre for baccalaureat regurgitation… same old story across the world, different language I guess. Anyway, I’m very glad I got to pick up this book in my own time. If you read it and hated it at school, pick it up again and give it a second chance. If you read it and loved it, read it again. If you have never read it, like me, get thee to a book shop and purchase it.

It’s got it all – immersion into other times and places where the seasons and food aren’t the same, loveable quirky characters, intrigue, social critique, human disappointment, tragedy, crimes – it’s a thriller told through the intelligent voice of an inquisitive child who never ceases to remind the reader of what the world was like at 7 years of age. I never wanted it to end. Sadly, it did.


About monicaheck
Monica Heck is a bilingual freelance writer and journalist based in Dublin, Ireland.

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