August was a horrible month for reading as it was busy with work, family and trying to get some writing in. If you can believe it - I read and listened to only twelve books and many were shorter novels. Despite not having too much time to read I did finish To Kill a Mockingbird before September and enjoyed every moment of it.
Lee's editor was brilliant in zeroing in on Jean Louise's childhood and having her focus her novel around a young Scout. Through this character Lee is able to give us the good and bad of Maycomb, circa the Great Depression. We see the innocence of morality, the awakening of conscientiousness and the ultimate compassion. This is not just a novel of a small town in Alabama that houses racists, bullies, small minds or lowbrow people that strikes it's readers for change. It is a novel that Lee wrote from her own experiences and childhood memories but also a novel that asks you to look at the world from more than one point of view.
I apologize that this isn't quite a review as much as a reflection. I think for me this is one book that I can't be as objective as I wanted to be. This proves interesting as I will be reading Go Set a Watchman this month. Other than being excited to read more of Harper Lee's writing I am not sure how I feel going into the book.
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