Author – Harper Lee
Publisher – Arrow Books, The Random House
No. Of pages – 309
The children, Scout Finch and Jem Fincher and their creative friend, Dill have loads of fun and suddenly one is sucked into their lives. They enjoy themselves walking to and from the school, and you recall your own childhood. They make fun of their teachers and have their petty fights among themselves. While Jem progresses from a naughty boy to an early teen trying to show maturity, Scout, his younger sister continues to be her feisty self. In fact, she is the protagonist and the entire story unfolds from her point of view.
The denizens of Maycomb, where they live with their Lawyer Father, Atticus, go about their daily lives and one gets a glimpse of America in the 30’s. Or at least, a town in America in the 30’s. Or, the lives of a people in a town in America in the 30’s. It is a town in Southern America and an undercurrent of racism runs through the entire novel, some characters in the story for it while many against. But the children’s innocent life is always in the foreground. And you never realize that Harper Lee has actually dwelled upon the principles of humanity itself by tackling the serious topic of racism in the most subtle manner while you are charmed by the spunky and guileless children.
What stays with you, long after you have finished the novel, is the fact that Harper Lee has conjured up a mind grabbing story using humour and simple language.
4 thoughts on “To kill a Mockingbird”
Read book last year and try to rewrite ending. I adore the multiracial antagonist relationship. Dio you recall the attractions developed by Lee around red geraniums growing in bathtub outside?
Isn’t it written amazingly? Great language skills and story telling of the topmost order.
Yes. Book is taught in high school. I want to explore alternative truths.
That’s nice. You are from which country?