Thursday, January 3, 2013

Book Review: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

On the jacket:

'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.'

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.


A contrast of sadness, happiness, racism, equality, immaturity, maturity, injustice and redemption woven into an awesome piece of literature with an awesome plots and strong built characters.

To Kill A Mockingbird is probably one of my most favourite books. I have lost count of hoe many times I've read it. Atticus Finch is a man after my heart, I wish there were such men in real life. 

Part of the American Literature, To Kill A Mockingbird gives a lesson which we need to remind ourselves in the current scenario. Bad people will always do bad things to good people. Such times need all good people to unite and show courage regardless of how scary the fight looks.

If you love books, don't think twice. This HAS to be in your 'read' list.

Rating: *****/5

[This is a personal review.]

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