Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! We have a theme this week—diversity, in honour of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (although you can feel free to share non-theme-related first lines too!)—and I couldn’t help reaching for a classic.
I studied Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird in high school here in Australia, and I think it may have been the first time I realized the ugly depths that racism went to and the kind of injustice that people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were fighting against. I think it’s one of those books everyone should read at least once in their life, and even just opening up to the first page of this book to give you the first line has me thinking it might be time to read it again.
~ About the Book ~
‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’
Voted the most life changing book by a female author.
A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel – a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. 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 Southern writing tradition.
~ First Line ~
When he was nearly thirteen my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.
Have you read this classic?
I’d love it if you’d share the first line of whatever you’re currently reading in the comments. And don’t forget, you can find out what other bloggers are sharing for First Line Friday by going over to Hoarding Books blog and finding all the links. If you’ve got your own blog, why not join in and add your link over there. 🙂