Despite the fact that Flannery O'Connor called it a good "children's" book, To Kill a Mockingbird is one powerful piece of work. I remember being fascinated by the elusive and mysterious character "Boo" Radley, and how the author, Harper Lee, continuously kept him just out of reach for the reader, while knowing that he would be revealed, eventually. I really identified with the characters, coming from a small town southern upbringing myself, and having siblings. I identified with a lot of the "southern/rural" mannerisms of the characters. I also thought the movie version was every bit as impressive, and very faithful to the novel. It was my introduction to the great actor Robert Duvall, who put forth a brief but incredible performance without uttering a single word! There are many great scenes...such as the kids night time journey through the woods, in costume....the tension-filled courtroom scenes, and my favorite, when the villain, Mr. Ewell spits into the face of Gregory Peck, and Peck calmly takes out a handkerchief and cleans his face, with a wordless stare, that showed the ultimate in strength and dignity, by turning the other cheek. Overall it is a sensitive and well done portrayal of a racial issue. There is a good reason why this book is still assigned in schools. Read this book, and see this movie, they are both great!
The fortieth-anniversary edition of an American classic follows the adventures of two children, their lawyer father, and a mysterious neighbor in a small southern town.