Harper Lee (1960)  To Kill a Mockingbird.
Posted by celticman on Sun, 25 Sep 2011
Every word is placed down in sentences that sing and paragraphs that burn and pages that brand themselves into your mind. Pitch perfect the action unfolds at the pace of ‘bony mules hitched to Hoover carts…slowly, but sure-footedly it builds up into a crescendo and just when you thought it was finished another flash of brilliance carries you that extra page. Scout, the narrator, Atticus her father, Jem her brother and friend Dill, dance like fire-flies before your eyes. But this is no mere triumvirate, the voices of 1935 Maycomb and Meridan play out their hatred and prejudices in the courtroom drama, the alleged rape of Mayella Ewell by man Tom Robinson. The Radley Place haunts the narrative and Boo Radley presence begins to push through until he appears in fragile human form. Small town redemption is not black and white.