During Secondary 4, The History of Mr Polly was one of the study books for literature.
At the age of 16, this was such a dry, unexciting, humourless, unadventurous book with dislikable and boring characters. Especially compared to To Kill A Mocking Bird, which I studied in Secondary 3. To Kill A Mocking Bird was such a powerful book with an epic theme on race, class, injustice etc.
I grew up identifying with Scout, aspiring to be Atticus but ended up being Mr Polly. All I want is to escape, turn my back on the life I am living now and never return.