Book Review: To Kill A Mockingbird – By Harper Lee

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The blurb:

“The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of confidence that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird  became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into ten languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.”

Why did I choose to read this book?

Firstly, my mates kept banging on and on and on about it. They said it was their favourite book they had ever read and that it made them cry tears by the bucket-load. I’m so glad they did tell me about it because now it is one of my all-time favourite books (this is coming from someone who comes from a family where favouritism is banned).

Secondly, after her death nearly a week ago, what better way to celebrate Harper Lee’s life than to carry on the conversation her book started.

What do I think about this book?

The message is simple. It is a love story. It is also a book on how to be a good human being through the eyes of a mature 5 to 8 year old girl. This book’s relevance is just as clear today as it was in 1960 when it was first published. It can happen anywhere and not just about the civil rights movement. These days you could see it as a book about any form of rights’ movement taking place anywhere and everywhere all over the globe.

My favourite bit in the book if I had to pick one is in Chapter 3 (p.39), and believe it or not has become the number one rule I’ve chosen to live by for the rest of my life:

“‘First of all’ he said, ‘if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along better with all kinds of folks. You’ll never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-‘

‘Sir?’

‘-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.'”

Cheers Ms Lee, for showing millions how to be better humans through the medium of literature.

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