Author: Harper Lee
The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience 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.
I had heard a lot about this book before I picked it up, this was why I was reluctant to start reading it. It usually happens that the expectations rise so much that the book fails to live up to it. But I am thankful that I finally got to reading this, as it was every bit as wonderful as the hype said it would be.
I felt that the best part of this book was the narration. Since it was narrated from the point of view of a young girl, the apparent racism and classism became all the more clear. The impact of the book increased manifold. I especially loved the varied characterization, it felt so real. My favourite character was that of Atticus Fitch. I believe I have never read about a single father who is like him. The way he treats his kids and the way he teaches them the rights from wrongs, both via words and actions was a delight to read.
The book deals with complex themes, from racism to how to talk to your kids, and the way the plot has been laid, you find such simplicity in the way all these topics have been dealt with. It is no wonder that this is indeed a classic!
I rate this book a perfect 4 out of 4.