June 26, 2004

Re-reading

I've read most of the new books that I've bought, so now it's time to re-read some of books that I like. The first time you read a book is good, but reading the books you like again is like clearing the fog.

I started with To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. This is a great book, set in the deep South of America around 1930. It tells the story of Atticus Finch, a lawyer and his children, Jem & Scout Finch. It deals with the racial prejudices that creep into people's lives from a child's point of view. And it deals with growing up. It shows how a man can keep his integrity without compromise. The main plot line is of Atticus defending a black man accused of rape, who's convicted even though he's innocent. There are many other minor plot lines as well, each of which seem good enough to make their own novels.

It was published in 1960 and won the Pulitzer prize in 1961. It is the only novel written by Harper Lee. It's written from the point of view of a child, so it manages to get it's point across without starting to preach. It's a slow moving novel, but once gets going, it's hard to put down.

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