We Bid Farewell to Novelists Harper Lee and Umberto Eco
Two giants of literature passed away on Friday, February 19th. Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockingbird, passed away in her sleep at the age of 89 in her home in Monroeville, Alabama. Although To King A Mockingbird was the only novel she published, it had a huge impact and has never stopped being a bestseller to this day. Last year she also published the original version that was to become To Kill A Mockingbird, titled Go Set A Watchman.
To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the few books that I has to read for school that I actually liked, and still remember today. I have been dubious about reading Go Set A Watchman because of some mixed reviews, but a recent online discussion has convinced me to give it a try. I'll probably try to re-watch Gregory Peck's great portrayal of Atticus Finch soon in the movie version of To Kill A Mockingbird.
Umberto Eco passed away at the age of 84. The author of seven novels and other manuscripts, he is most famous for the best-selling The Name of The Rose, a medieval mystery that is dense with symbol and philosophy. I read it a while ago, and I enjoyed it a lot. The atmosphere is great, and the way he weaves the symbology into it made me feel like I was starting to think like a medieval monk. The Name of the Rose was also made into a movie starring Sean Connery.
Rest in peace to both.