I got the Mockingbird for my birthday. Along with Go Set A Watchman. I had not read it before and thought it was time now to catch up.
There seems to have been quite a debate about Go Set A Watchman, the Mockingbird sequel. Originally the early version of the Mockingbird, it was published only in 2015, about 55 years after the Mockingbird. According to some the publication was against the will of Harper Lee herself. According to other sources, Lee was not mentally capable anymore that late stage of her life to put off the publication.
Harper Lee recently passed away, in February this year.
I only knew her name as the writer of the classic Mockingbird. She grew up in the south of the US, and some of the stories in the book let’s say show parallels to biographical facts in het life. After writing the Mockingbird, she slowly disappeared from public life. Her biography is shockingly uninteresting.
The book breaths the southern small town, countryside feeling, I associate with William Faulker books like As I Lay Dying.
And Nick Cave’s And the Ass Saw The Angel. Rotten characters, Euchrid Eucrow like. A lazy mood caused by early day booze.
The introduction is the second best book introduction.
“Please spare Mockingbird an introduction”
(The best is the Salmon of Doubt introduction by Terry Jones).
And I found a place where J.K. Rowling may have gotten her idea for Dementors in the Harry Potter series from: Hot Steams.
‘A Hot Steam’s somebody who can’t get to heaven, just wallows around on lonesome roads an’ if you walk through him, when you die you’ll be one too, an’ you’ll go around at night suckin’ people’s breath -‘
Hot Steam is a southern US superstition.
Boo Radley, a dark small town legend, a potential Euchrid Eucrow, prefers to live indoors. Because he wants to. Because he hates the small town outside. But unlike Euchrid Eucrow, Boo remains on the light side and becomes a hero, saving the kids Jem and Scout from the real dark Euchrid Eucrow character of the story, Bob Ewell.
The hero of the story is Atticus Finch, the father of Jem and Scout, . The story is told through Scout, who observes the small town manners, flaws, prejudices, discriminations. Atticus Finch is the moral champion. Against the will of the white people in the village, he defends the black Tom Robinson who is accused of raping a white girl, even though Atticus knows the case can not be won and the jury has already convicted the black man.
Harper Lee – Go Set A Watchman
Nick Cave – And The Ass Saw The Angel
William Faulkner – As I Lay Dying