There is a reason that To Kill a Mockingbird is a staple of High School curriculums across the globe.
In my humble opinion this is one of the great literary social equalisers. There is a message in these pages for all. Lessons to be learned. Knowledge to be gained. Emotions to be related to and felt deeply.
Lee tells the story of the Finch family. A family that upon first inspection may appear representative of the time and unremarkable. Very Quickly however, you learn that this could not be further from reality.
The forward thinking attitude and outlook of the father, Atticus Finch mould the narrative via his and his children’s (Scout and Jem) actions.
Lee unrepentantly shines and effervescent light on the intrinsic, social and racial prejudices of 1930’s depression era U.S. Specifically Alabama.
Harper Lee possesses a gift. A gift enviously sought after by all fiction writers. The ability to truly transfer the views emotions of a society in the time period in review within the pages of this masterpiece.
A literary wonder of the world.