To Kill A Mocking Bird: A time machine that takes you back to your childhood.


The brightest light, the light of Italy, the purest sky of Scandinavia in the month of June is only a half-light when one compares it to the light of childhood. Even the nights were blue.

EUGENE IONESCO

To Kill a Mocking Bird is Harper Lee’s first and ONLY novel, which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in the year 1961. This  novel deals with the issues of racial inequality, rape,class, courage, compassion, and gender roles from the eyes of a six-year-old girl called Scout Finch and her older brother Jem. in Maycomb – a “tired old town” in Alabama.  Several outcasts in their town shape  the way they view the world in general.

Lee has written the novel in a very simple language and the story is able to move us the readers  in the same way it moved the readers in the 1960s.To Kill a Mocking Bird can be classified into the genre Bildungsroman:  A literary genre that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood (coming of age), and in which character change is thus extremely important.

This book is one of those, which would tempt the reader to start once again on reaching the last page – just because they are not yet ready to bid goodbye to Scout and her friends. For those of you who had a fun filled childhood: You will be taken back to those days once again. Those of you haven’t yet read this book: you will NOT regret taking this book.

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These are some of My favourite quotes from the book:

  • Scout:”I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”
  • Atticus (Protagonist’s father):”When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness’ sake. But don’t make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles ’em.”
  • Scout:“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
  • “As you grow older, you’ll see white men
    cheat black men every day of your life,
    but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it – whenever a white man
    does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, he is trash.”

Anyway, I rate this book 5 stars.

5 stars = you must read the book

4stars = would make a good read.

3 stars = not bad.

2 stars = avoidable.

1 star = poor.

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4 thoughts on “To Kill A Mocking Bird: A time machine that takes you back to your childhood.”

  1. very good review! I especially like the quotes you mentioned at the end! Really brought back to mind how good this book is!

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