Date: 21st November 2019 @ 6:45 pm
Followed by supper in the dining room at 8-15pm
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
‘Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember, it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’
This was lawyer Atticus Finch’s advice to his children, as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel – a black man falsely charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and a sublime example of the American Southern writing tradition.