29—To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This year is the 50th anniversary of the publication of "To Kill A Mockingbird." I first read it in 1960 or 61 and am rereading it now. I loved it then and I am truly in awe of it today.

It is one of the most well-written, well-plotted, books I have ever read. Harper Lee's use of language and her storytelling ability are second to none. She totally captures the cadence of the southern tongue. What an incredible tour de force this story is.

For those of you who are living on another planet, the story takes place over three years in Alabama circa 1935. The story is told by Scout, the daughter of one Atticus Finch and the younger sister of Jem. Scout, Jem, and their friend, Dill spend two idyllic summers till Atticus is called upon to defend a young negro man accused of beating and raping a white woman.

I have always been disappointed that Ms. Lee never wrote another book, but after reading this one, for the second time, I believe she felt she couldn't do it any better than this, so why try.

I have to wonder if this isn't the great American Novel.

© Surveyor of the Passing Scene