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To Kill A Mockingbird- by Harper Lee  

To Kill A Mocking Bird- by Harper Lee

I just keep on wondering why I did not review this book earlier.


To Kill A Mocking Bird- by Harper Lee is one of the most brilliant pieces of literary fiction I have ever read.  It was the first and last book published by the author and also won a Pulitzer prize.


It deals with many serious issues like racial discrimination in America, but the style of writing is such, that all will enjoy it!


It is a story about a six-year-old Jean Scout Finch, who also narrates it in her lively and bubbly manner. She lives with her older brother Jem and their widowed father Atticus, a middle-aged lawyer. Jem and Scout become friends with a boy named Dill who visits Maycomb to stay with his aunt for the summer. 


The three children are terrified of, and fascinated with, their neighbor, the solitary "Boo" Radley. The adults of Maycomb are hesitant to talk about Boo and for many years, few have seen him. The children feed each other's imaginations with rumors about his appearance and reasons for remaining hidden.


Soon, the children find that someone is leaving them small gifts in a tree outside the Radley place. 


Atticus, her father, is assigned to defend a black man named Tom Robinson, who has been accused of molesting Mayella Ewell, a young white woman. Although many of Maycomb's citizens disapprove, Atticus agrees to defend Tom to the best of his ability. Other children taunt Jem and Scout for Atticus' actions, calling him a "nigger-lover". Scout is tempted to stand up for her father's honor by fighting, even though he has told her not to. For his part, Atticus faces a group of men intent on lynching Tom.


The book has a serious storyline which deals with aspects of racism, and involves other phases of violence and alienation. To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's classic novel which one cannot miss reading.


The novel is memorable because of the adventures and personal tumult the character undergoes in her development as a human being. Some characters reach out to millions of hearts with the veracity of cruelty in the world--with war, violence, death, racism, and hatred--while others deal with family, friends, or community issues.


The book is a unique, one of its kind read, that you cannot afford missing! It stands really high in my reading list.

4 comments

  1. --xh--  

    i am gald to see that you liked the book, sis. it is really a good book... hope this opens way to read more and more wonderful books like this...

  2. Meghna  

    @ BB- It was a great book certainly! I just hope to keep on reading better too!

  3. Nate Gillespie  

    The question of morality and race looms large in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. There is quote by Atticus, which especially affected me. He says, “There is nothing more sickening to me than a low-grade white man who’ll take advantage of a Negro’s innocence. Don’t fool yourself – it’s all adding up and one of these days we’re going to pay the bill for it. I hope it’s not in you children’s time.” There are two points here that make this statement all the more significant. One is that the novel, in spite of being set in the 1930s, was in fact written in the 1950s amidst the growing furor of the civil rights movement, Secondly, while Atticus remains mild-mannered and unbiased throughout the novel, his need to impress his belief on his children that cheating someone who is already beaten down by the system is worse than just plain cheating is more than evident in these lines. There is a message in this novel that stays with you long after you put it down and I agree with you – the best thing to do is read it, as soon as possible. For more information on the setting of the story and what Harper Lee was trying to say, why dont you check out Shmoop- literature study guide. I found some interesting points to think about from there.

  4. Meghna  

    @ Nate - Thank you for dropping by and giving the detailed information. I will be visiting the site you mentioned too soon. Thanks again.

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