To Kill A MockingbirdTitle : To Kill A MockingbirdAuthor : Harper LeePublisher : Grand Central PublishingPages : 376 PagesYear of Publication : 2010 (first published in 1960)Language : EnglishGenre(s) : Historical Fiction, Classic,Bought from : Books and Beyond (Sun Plaza, Medan)Synopsis and Cover Pic : Goodreads
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view .. until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
Tomboy Scout Finch comes of age in a small Alabama town during a crisis in 1935. She admires her father Atticus, how he deals with issues of racism, injustice, intolerance and bigotry, his courage and his love.
|I decided to read this novel due its popularity and achievements. No wonder I expected so much from this and… yeah! To Kill A Mockingbird proved me that there’s no doubt it deserved all good things it has. This novel was narrated by Scout, a young girl who lived in Maycomb with her father (Atticus Finch) and only brother (Jem), accompanied by Calpurnia, a Negroe who served Finch family and her father’s sister, Alexandra. Through the eyes of this girl, issues happening around her neighborhood were revealed, from a mysterious neighbor, a wrong interpretation of bible, discrimination and injustice. What makes this novel more interesting is the author presented all these through the eyes of a kid, who was still innocent, straightforward, and still living in a nongray area perspective; I mean, black is black, white is white, that simple. So contrast with adults’.
“There are just some kind of men who– who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.” Miss Maudie
This novel is good enough to make me keep reading but it still took me so long to finish, maybe because there’s only a few action scenes which usually attract me more. But the court scene…I could feel the tense there and felt pity towards Tom, the accused Negroe.
“I wanted you to see what real courage is… It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.” Atticus
“I don’t care one peck. It ain’t right, somehow it ain’t right to do ’em that way. Hasn’t anybody got any business talking like that — it just makes me sick.” Dill
The characters are so memorable and lovable. I love the straightforward and tomboy Scout; the cool-headed and (trying-to-be) mature Jem, the sensitive and highly Dill, the wise dad Atticus, the beauty-loving-who-doesn’t-like-to-badmouth-others Miss Maudie, even the ‘cruel’ Mrs.Dubose and the mysterious-yet-soft-hearted Boo Radley. I want to be a parent like Atticus, a woman like Miss Maudie, and to have kids like Jem and Scout. And among all the characters, I love Miss Maudie and Atticus most =)
“People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.” Miss Maudie
“Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad.” Scout
I really recommend you guys to read To Kill A Mockingbird. It’s worth your purse Lol. You can learn many good things about life and as complicated adults, perhaps, can be moved to have a simple mind towards things.
“If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike why do they go out of their way to despise each other?” Jem
By the way, this novel has been adapted into movie in 1962 with the same title, staring Mary Badham (Scout), Philip Alford (Jem), and Gregory Peck (Atticus). The movie was critically received, nominated and won awards from Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Cannes Film Festival in several categories.
Rating : 5/5