To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee || Review

2017-09-29 11.34.07

Title: To Kill a Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
No. of pages:
 309
Genre: Literature, Classic, Historical fiction, Coming-of-age
Publication date: 
July 11th 1960
Date read: September 28th 2017
5/5 ★


Blurb

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.
(Goodreads)


Review

I just love discovering a classic that I can add to my all-time favourite books. Although I have studied literature for three years, I kind of have a love-hate relationship with classics. I have come to discover that I mainly love modern classics, because older classics I just mainly find … dull. (sorry classics lovers!) And I’m glad to say that I have found a new favourite in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee!

This story was just full of everything, really! It shows (anti-)racism, feminism, humanism and a lot more. I also had to stop at least once per page, just to take in all the lovely quotes! I really wish I had written them all down!

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.

What I liked most about the novel were all the loveable characters. In Atticus I found the best father figure I have ever encountered in a book, Scout was the most adorable child and her brother Jem was really … a gem of a brother. And those were just the main characters!

This book just breathes my view on life and other human beings:

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.

This book gave me a big part of the faith in people back that I had lost. I could go on and on about this book, I just loved it so much. But I think I will leave it with this, because otherwise it would just me rambling on about my wish for worldpeace and people treating other people like … humans. It’s not that hard, really.

I can’t wait to read Go Set a Watchman, the second book in the series that was released only two years ago!

Have you read this classic? Please, feel free to share your thoughts on it down below in the comments. Maybe you can put into words what I can’t!

17 thoughts on “To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee || Review

  1. This is one of my all-time favorites as well and I should really read it soon! I do warn you to not get your hopes up about Go Set A Watchman though, it’s not nearly as good. It might be best to wait a bit until you start it, or to read some articles about it online before you do!

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      1. It would be a shame if you ended up disappointed! I did think it was worth a read, but mainly because it gives a little insight in the editing process (this was the ‘original’ manuscript) and into why it was a much better choice to rewrite it from Scout’s perspective as a little girl!

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      2. Exactly! I have already read so many series where I loved the first book, but the second book not so much. I think I will eventually read it, but I have to purchase it first, so it’ll take a while hahah!

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  2. It’s my second favorite book ever and the first classic I read in English!!
    I haven’t read the second one and due to some reviews I’ve read I’m not even sure I want to read it.

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  3. I haven’t read it in a long time but our teacher has given it to us this year. I wasn’t all that excited before but I guess I have something to look forward to

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  4. I love To Kill a Mockingbird, my all time favourite! So glad you enjoyed it! I haven’t read Go Set a Watchman yet, I’m too nervous! Would be really interested to see what you think if you ever read it though.

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