“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
What is this book about?
The story takes place in a sleepy Southern Town in the 1930’s during the Great Depression. People were poor and social equality was still a long way off. We follow Scout, her brother Jem and father Atticus through a court case that changes the lives of everyone living in Maycomb. During this case we tackle racism, religion, the coming-of-age of Scout, parenthood, love, death and every other aspect of life you can think off.
Why is it boring?
I guess it is kind of a legal drama… Not that those are boring and not that To Kill a Mockingbird is boring, but it’s about the only fault I can come up with. This book would do well on job interviews. It’s only fault is that it might just be a little bit too perfect.
Who would you recommend it to?
Everyone. This book is amazing at giving you perspective, at considering things from other people’s point of view and imagining other people complexly. I completely understand that this book is required reading in most American schools and I don’t understand why I haven’t been told to read this by my own teachers. To Kill a Mockingbird will teach children and adults alike to think about someone else’s circumstances and to not be prejudiced. The book is one long life lesson. If everyone would live according to the ‘rules’ set in this book, the world would be a much better place.
Why should I read it if it’s boring?!
The prose is amazing, the story is so tight and just insanely emotionally resonating. All the characters in the book are perfect, but flawed in their own way, making them exceptionally human. I love Scout, the young girl who loves to read books and brawl with boys. Her brother Jem is amazing at being an older brother and when he cries about the injustice in the world, all you can do is just cry with him. And then we have Atticus. The most amazing man you will ever read about. I have not read The Road yet, so to me Atticus Finch is hands down the most amazing father in literature. God, there is so much gushing over this book, but it is completely well deserved. Go take a look at the Goodreads page and see how well loved this novel is. Just reading that you can feel how much love there is for the story Harper Lee wrote. What I love most about this book besides the characters, is how Harper Lee never gets preachy. She espouses all of this wisdom and creates near perfect characters that should be perfectly annoying. But she gives every character their own little flaw or strength, making them perfectly human instead. Also, when you finish this book, immediately go back to page 1 and read the first lines. You will be amazed at how well Harper Lee is at telling you a story.