“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.”
While reading this novel, the best thing you could possibly do is to relate the character of Atticus Finch to your parents. Atticus stands for the principles, for the seeing the best in others and to exude that quality to that person. The plot may give away things like hypocrisy, it may be an inter-racial rape case told by Jean Louise and Jem Finch, but it’ll baffle you with its rich details, vivid depiction, the storytelling, and enlighten you of the life of people from Maycomb County. A place where opinion of colored people doesn’t matter, where the white’s rule; and fears of a man, behind a door haunts the living breath of folks of Maycomb. A creation, which is only accounted in the lives of people from 1900’s.
There’s no need to reveal the plot for you. What makes the plot so significant is the sublime storytelling. The laymen language used from the sands of Alabama, the unique sense of humor, which triggers exactly where the need be and to top it all off, the eyes of a kid used as the window to perceive it all. Harper Lee has written this audacious book, and with a great eye for minute details, that you start dreaming, when you’d wander the streets of your village next morning becoming Scout(Jean Louise) with Jem and Dill.
Maverick- The goodies are too many, you won’t find the gaffes. The key has been the character development, right from the start. Jean Louise with her brother is seen roaming the county and the initial meetup with Dill has mind blowing. The entire coverage from Atticus’s appreciation and recognition of the world and people in it, hits heart. Calpurnia’s motherly touch, tending to the kids and Aunt Alexendra’s disciplinary actions, act as a crucible for them.
Written through a child’s perspective, it opens a way for the grown-ups to peek into a child’s mind and see the Maycomb County from 1940’s. This novel is an epitome of innocence that shows on a child’s face.
Towards the end, a few pages had a smidgen of emotion. Harper Lee seemed like she was crying through every word she was writing, after Tom was dead.
A classic, this good, should be placed in every persons bookshelf. It indeed is a very palpable novel with a cluster of incidents which touch the heart.
If you’re to read this gem, watch out for the ending. Last few pages are quite symbolic.
You can’t be serious being dissatisfied with it. It deserves a 5/5.