About the Book: (from Harper Collins)
“------something’s wrong with me, it’s something about me. It has to be because all these people cannot have changed.” (p. 167)
Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, has returned home only to discover that the same racism that touched her family’s life so intimately when she was a child is touching it again in a very different, even more disorienting way. Fear has altered everyone’s heart and mind and reoriented what was once familiar into something more disturbing than the fear that drives the change. To return to Alabama from a life in New York set Jean Louise apart in a significant way at the outset, but within only two days’ of her return home, it is easier for her to believe that she has changed in profound ways. To consider the alternative scares her even more than the racism that has once again reared its ugly head in her hometown.
Greater still, the emergence of big government has just begun to take root in the hearts of men and women in the South, and folks like Atticus and Jean Louise’s Uncle Jack are smart enough to figure out the root cause of the fear and hatred that is causing racism to thrive in spite of the NAACP’s best efforts. Uncle Jack says, very accurately and prophetically, “The only thing I’m afraid of about this country is that its government will someday become so monstrous that the smallest person in it will be trampled underfoot, and then it wouldn’t be worth living in.” (p. 198)
This is a story that reaches deep within the human condition. There is an honesty and transparency between Atticus and Jean Louise that touches me deeply, and her opinions about her Aunt just crack me up!! And good ole’ Hank. He get stuck between a rock and a hard place often in this novel.
If you understand the South, you will “get” this book. I’m not a fan of the language, and sometimes the thoughts and words regarding “religion” tries my soul, but, if you are from the South you will understand all of it – intimately. This is a brutally honest book that shines a light of truth into the darkness!