"Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."
Harper Lee’s "To Kill a Mockingbird" a Southern Gothic novel portrays the Finch family living in Alabama in the 1930s. It was first published in 1960 and within a year won the Pulitzer prize, sold millions of copies and featured in film in 1962.
"As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it—whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash."
The story was instituted during the great depression in Maycomb between the family of widow father-Atticus, daughter-scout and son-Jem . Atticus, a lawyer, got the case of coloured folk Tom Robinson which made him and his family deal with the society and their ugly talks. Tom Robinson was accused of false rape case of Bob Ewell's daughter Mayella. What will happen to him next in the trial-hearing? Will he be arrested or will there be justice waiting for him becomes the great suspension for all the people of Maycomb and for all of us?
"It's never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is."
What I adored about the book:
The story narrator Scout and his brother had to endure a lot of predicament in school and in the community during the ages where children's minds filled up with whatever they heard. However, Atticus steered them to the right track. Likewise, both children supported him until the end of the case. When the children are in the hands like Atticus, they would be in a great mould. I just aspire that every child has a father like him. Also, the book made me reminisce about my childhood. We all have that one childhood spot which used to be the scariest and the memorable one. So was the Boo Radley's family and his house for Jem, Scout and their summer friend Dill. However, they invented and played a game which characterises Radley's family members but not for the longer period of time as certain circumstances made them realize that everyone's life is different.
"You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them."
"People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for."
A powerful classic novel will take you to the roots of human demeanour and hypocrisy, justice and racism, innocence and experience, corruption and power. Definitely, it will bring changes in you, the way you see the world. I would mostly recommend this potent book to those blank pages who are ready to fill up, to those beginners whose roots are just growing, and to those who haven't got any idea of how the world works.
The story detains all the ongoing problems like the recent #blacklivesmatter. For me, the book is slow paced but the lessons are powerful. It really took me three days to finish the first fifty pages. Also, the story wasn't enthralling other than the trial part.
My rating for this book is 3/5.