Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
· ISBN: 978-0-09-954948-2
· Genre : Fiction
· Price: Rs. 350/- ( I got this book from the publisher for a review)
· Pages: 309
· Publishers: Random House India
This is author’s first work set in Alabama in the 1930s.The way the author has managed to create a magical narrative is simply exemplary. As a book ‘To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee’ needs no introduction at all. Each one of us would have heard / read it or done both sometime during our school days!
Behind The book
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Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit’em, but remember, it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.
About the author
The author of the book Harper Lee is a very well known name and there is a lot written about her all over but here I would like to share what is written about her on the backside of this book as I feel this truly befitting.
‘Someone rare has written this very fine novel, a writer with the liveliest sense of life and the warmest, most authentic humour. A touching book; and so funny, so likeable’ – Truman Capote
Like I have always said before I was introduced to reading pretty early in age as my mom is a voracious reader and more than her is my grandfather. I first saw this classic on his book shelf which I was perhaps 10 and I remember asking him to read it. He smiled as he handed it over to me and said,’ will wait for all your questions when you are done.’ I am sure I must have gone back to him with tons of questions given the curious cat that I am but sadly I do not have any memory of that discussion or of reading this book. So when Random house gave me a chance to review this one I grabbed it greedily as the only thing I remembered was that I had enjoyed reading this book.
The story is extremely touching as it deals with a very sensitive topic. It is set up in a time where discrimination on the basis of your skin colour was prevalent in the society. A person being punished for something only on those grounds sounds completely unrealistic and irrelevant in today’s times. But in those times, such incidents were not uncommon at all. The book makes an enthralling read as it is filled with some beautiful quotes. Some of my favorites:
“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.”
“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”
“It’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you.”
“With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable.”
The naivety of childhood and the battle of the conscience along with some beautiful unforgettable lessons of life is how I would like to sum up this book. It’s an experience of a lifetime to read this book as every age you read it, it manages to show you something new and different each time.
Once a masterpiece – always a masterpiece! This Pulitzer prize winning book is a must read for one and all sheerly for the brilliant work done by the author in writing this that has ensured that today even after 50 years of having been written it continues to be bought, sought, read and devoured!
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This book is like Parle G biscuits for Me- Crunchy, crisp, delicious and reminds me of my childhood every time I take a bite.
This book has been received from Random House for review