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Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

There are very rare books, that earn the title of masterpiece from its reader. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one. This book, as we know, is one of the most acclaimed and successful book written. It’s their in the top of all the top book-lists. Written quite frankly and engrossing narration in first person by a six-year old-girl.

The book is set in a small town in Alabama, narrated by a small girl, Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch, who has a very short temper for a little girl. She has a brother, Jem, and an honest, liberal— father, Atticus Finch.

Atticus share strong relationship with his kids, a man of wisdom, and impartial to people of different opinions, preferences, and beliefs. Atticus advice her daughter, who has a rough first day at school, about being impartial and putting yourself in other people’s shoes:

If you can learn a simple trick, you’ll get around better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.

Atticus Finch displays admirable qualities such as being calm, virtuous, of moral parenting, and his philosophy of being liberal. These qualities do not have a territory of just being a parent but Atticus practices these qualities in his daily life of being a lawyer too. When he takes a case of involving a black man accused of raping a white girl, he and his children are repudiated by their neighbourhood. But Atticus is man of values, he is indifferent by this vexed conduct. Rather he focuses on bringing justice that is need in the Maycomb County. The case of a white man defending man grabs everyone’s attention and the battle of court becomes the attention till the day the justice is served in that court room. Well, the rest is for you to read. There is some unexpected turn waiting for you to explore and the noble representation of an idle human being. 

Dramatic, well-written, it took me first five or six chapters to get myself fully devoted to the book and then the narration picks up a pace that any reader can finish this masterpiece in one stretch. It takes a reader to the roots of human behaviour – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humour and tragedy. Everything in just 320 pages. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is an outstanding book, and it will stay with rest of the human civilisation, surviving generations without difficulties.

Mockingbirds make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corn cribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.

5 OUT OF 5! RECOMMENDED.


As everyone knows, there is a sequel coming out of To Kill A Mockingbird later this year. Releasing a book, after fifty years is not an arguable point. Thus, is anyone excited or is just me? 

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24 thoughts on “Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee”

  1. I have this book in my ‘to read tower’ of books and it’s one of those I ought to have read at some point but didn’t. Learning that Lee was to release another book was the prompt for me to get this in my book collection! I’ll look forward to reading it this year, soon.

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    1. Oh my goodness! I just read about the new book a month ago. I’d read to kill a mockingbird as a youth. When I found out about the new one I went out a got a copy of TKM so I had a copy and literally started reading it yesterday! I know there are a lot of people upset thinking the publisher tricked Harper Lee because her lawyer/agent sister passed away and Lee is in advanced years not capable of making clear choices and that. But she obviously already had it written so why not share it with the world? I will definitely be reading it!

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  2. I’m extremely excited about Go Set a Watchman coming out. To Kill a Mockingbird has been a part of my life since I was young and I would have to say at times it has served as a compass for my own life. As a result, I am thrilled to hear that Harper Lee has agreed to release another writing; however, I don’t know that I expect it to have as profound an impact on me as TKM did.

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  3. It’ll be interesting to see what Harper Lee’s trunk book looks like.
    There’s an excellent movie version of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” starring Gregory Peck–a classic. I was teaching middle school one day when they showed it. The kids didn’t like it. Why not? “Because it’s old,” was the most frequent answer I got.

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