Sunday, 17 May 2015

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

After reading [b:Anne of Green Gables|8127|Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)|L.M. Montgomery||3464264], I was recommended this book. A friend of mine was searching for the frantically in the school library, and I decided to help her in her search; partly to ensure that I will be able to borrow it after she finished. However, that wasn't necessary. My elder brother was recommended the book by Goodreads, too, and it was ordered from the library. When it finally came, the two of us fought until my mum tossed a coin to determine who of us reads it first. And I'd be lying horribly if I say that I was not pleased to win. The memory still remains in my mind, and I doubt I shall ever forget it, for, it was the day I finally discovered the masterpiece of English literature.

Without any further ado, before I could resist, I was sucked into Scout's world. The shadow of tangibility which covered the entire plot was inevitably the one I had been looking for. Through the eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores the irrational attitude of people towards difference in races; this book is about discrimination of people. Unveiling these prejudicial, violent and hypocritical thoughts, Harper Lee acts as a puppeteer who questions the legitimacy of this with Jem and Scout as her puppets.

"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."

I knew that it would be a good novel, but little did I expect it to become my favourite novel of all times. Now, I'm in jeopardy of never finding a book better than this one. Atticus Finch, well, does not remind me of my own father: I can't imagine my father do all that, but I definitely cannot deny that he is a good one. To Kill a Mockingbird earns every bit of my admiration, and Harper Lee, every bit of my respect.

I need to be the first one to read the next book. Oh boy, please be released fast. I am patiently impatiently waiting for Go Set a Watchman.

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