Thursday, 12 September 2013

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

My review: 3/5
Two of the quotes from this book are really inspiring- 
''You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it’'

''Its never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn't hurt you’'

I actually found the first part of the book quite boring for some reason but when the court scene started in second part, it started getting interesting. When the book was first published, it became immediate bestseller. I guess it was because of Atticus’ character and emphasised racism of that time. The book summaries the life of Scout and her brother for three years, narrated by Scout herself. It is a tough narrative but I really liked the role of Atticus Finch. His character went on to become one of the best fictional characters of 20th century literature. The story mainly focuses on two parts. First, on how people become victim of racism and prejudice in every possible way. This is still the case in 21st century so I assume it was more common in 20th century. Secondly, children always look up to their parents and follow their footsteps. It was interesting to see how Atticus deals with his children in different situations. However, at the end, it was quite confusing to understand who actually is the Mockingbird here? Scout and Jem? Boo Radley? Or Tom Robinson? 

I would like to end this review by writing my favourite line of the book – ‘There is a black boy dead for no reason, and man responsible for it’s dead. Let the dead bury the dead this time, Mr Finch. Let the dead bury the dead.’