To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, was placed under my have-to-read list for this year. At first, I tried reading it so I would be ahead before the middle of the school semester.
Unfortunately, when you have too much homework, reading books kinda gets ruined.
I tried again when I actually had time to read the book.
I can honestly say that this novel is top five in my list of favorites. There is no doubt that To Kill A Mockingbird deserved the Pulitzer Prize.
The descriptions are subtle, the characters unique, and the plot delightfully twisted.
However, a lot of people are thrown off by the beginning of the story. Harper Lee introduced her novel by her characters. The first several chapters are devoted to describing the main character’s way of life and the setting in which she is living. Stories and details of the character’s adventures and hopes in life are vividly encountered and explored.
(All these details may seem bit random to the reader, but as you keep reading deeper into the novel, everything adds up.)
All throughout this book, the Southern way of life, their views, and their traditions are carefully sown into the fictional lives that we’re reading about. It is expertly done, and I think that’s what I loved so much about this book. You really get a picture of a small Southern town, where prejudice and racism are still part of peoples’ lives.
Not only did she write an interesting story and captivating characters, Harper Lee delves deep into human emotions and the way people respond to certain situations. Moral dilemmas and political conflicts are woven throughout the story in a way that makes it hard to put the book down.
On top of all this, the writing is superb. Everything has a distinct style, and the dialogue is completely believable. This is one of those books where you feel like you’re in the town, you’re speaking to the characters, you’re watching the scene happen.
To Kill a Mockingbird is definitely a novel that every reader should look into. I can’t recommend this book enough.
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