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
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.
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!