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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I know, I know it’s too late to write about this book, it’s appreciated already and I’m jut adding to the bulk of reviews about it. But I will continue to write about this. Why? Because I read it now and reprimand myself for not reading it earlier. But you guys’d have to bear with me and my eccentric ways of writing about old things. And in return, I’d be happy to hear abut how you liked the book. (this has become more of a book discussion than a review, hasn’t it?)

“To Kill A Mockingbird” is a novel which can be described as humorous and sad in one go. Humorous because of the way Scout narrates the story in her sassy language and sad because of the underlying theme of racism and the gritty realism of the norms of the times. Scout’s descriptions of Maycomb County, her relationships with Jem and Dill, her guileless wish to make Boo Radley come out, her innocuous courage in front of the courthouse the night preceding the trial are all elements of the novel which engaged me deeply.

However, what I realised after reading it is that this is not just a story of racial discrimination or people like Mss Maudie and Atticus who oppose it but a beautifully written story of courage and facing life without compromising with your ideals. I have this feeling that whenever I’ll be in a moral dilemma, I’ll turn to Scout, Jim and of course, the legendary Atticus Finch. And I think they won’t disappoint me. That reminds me of telling you about my favourite character – unquestionably Atticus; not just because he’s the perfect father anyone could hope for but because he followed the path of justice no matter what the consequences.

The magic and soul of the book lies in the fact that when  you read the book, you become Scout yourself. You view the adult world with a certain poignancy as you struggle with her to cope with the dread of the unknown as symbolised by Boo Radley. You can feel the same outrage, frustration, and bravery as she did. In fact, reading from Scout’s perspective made me so emotional that I couldn’t get through the last chapter without crying.

What I’ve learnt from the book is that to understand someone you have to walk around in their skin. I’ll be thankful to Atticus for this lesson throughout my life. In conclusion, I’d like to say that this novel really is a testament to the powerful force called literature; no matter how many times you’ve read it, I’m sure it’s charm would never fail to move you. And you can take m word for it, that if you’re reading it for the first time, once you read it, you’ll become a much more compassionate person.

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