‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee

(Book review)

The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
Harper Lee

The story ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee is told on behalf of six-year-old Jane, a daughter of attorney Atticus Finch from the quiet “tired” American town of the 40s in the 20th century called Maycomb, where everyone knew everyone.

Jane and her older brother Jim are raised only by their father; their mother died, unfortunately. This upbringing consists in not suppressing the personality of the child, but directing his or her talents in the right direction, and making clear the meaning of the concepts “right” and “wrong.” The novel reflects upon a moment in the life of this unusual family, when Atticus had to defend a black man in court, who is accused of raping a white woman.

The author in all its glory showed the bias and injustice of the society of that time towards people of color. The most striking part of the book for me was the trial, where Atticus simply smashed the accusations of the “victim” and her father, with simple and logical evidence. But the verdict was passed – guilty. Although everyone understood that the accused had been convicted unfairly, the system worked automatically. This quote can be considered as the key idea of this book, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…” “Sir?” “…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

The biggest pros are that despite such an acute social theme as racism the book touched upon by the author, it turned out to be very comfortable to read. The syllable is pleasant, the plot does not interrupt and does not sag, everything is not dragged out to madness. The classic book has shown itself in the best light.

Talking about cons, I should admit that for some readers the plot may seem a bit scary. Besides, the ending will not surprise you, but these are all minor remarks.

Finally, I want to express my sincere positive impression, and I definitely recommend you not to ignore this extremely interesting book to all fiction nuts of classical literature.My rating is 9.5/10.

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