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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Book review


To Kill A Mockingbird Book Cover To Kill A Mockingbird
Harper Lee
Cornerstone Digital
first published July 11th 1960
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'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.'

A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man's struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and a sublime example of the Southern writing tradition.


There are some books which are marked as a classic and must read, you often wonder what makes this book a classic. And you find the answer only when you read the book. This book is one of such books. Though this book was on my kindle since 5 months, I didn’t read it thinking that the language would be hard. One day one of my bookstagrammer friends, Mudrika wrote an impressive review of this book and then I decided to give it a read. So let’s dwell more into this book.

Plot summary:

Set in the era of 1930, the events take place in a small sleepy place named as Maycomb. The protagonist of the book is 6 years-old Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch. She lives with her widowed father Atticus Finch, older brother Jem Finch and her black cook Calpurnia.

Atticus is the lawyer and man of the rules; He is a calm man with great wisdom. He always tries to up bring his children in the moralized way. Due to his unbiased and dutiful behavior, he is the man who is respected by all.

Scout and Jem have a very good bond. One summer, they befriended a boy Dill, from his neighborhood and they tried to sneak peek in the supposed haunted house of Boo Radley. Many times, Scout and Jem found various small gifts in the knothole of the tree near the Radley’s house.  They also created a play on Boo Radley, which was shut by Atticus telling them that try to see the life of people from another person’s point of view.

On the other side, Atticus has taken the case of Negro Tom Robinson. Those were the days when the racism was on the peak. Atticus, Scout, and Jem faced many hateful comments from the people. Tom was accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell. Ewell is the infamous family in the county.

In spite of presenting sufficient evidence in defense of Tom, the white jury convicted Tom. Atticus knew what will be the result but he tried his best to save Tom. Scout and Jem have witnessed all the proceedings in court and the decision literally shook Jem.

Is this the ending of racism unsettling in Maycomb? What is the truth behind Tom’s conviction? Is Ewell happy with the court decision? Who is Boo Radley and how the kids going to meet him? Read this book to know further.

Writing style:

I am really amazed that I read this book in pace and didn’t find many hard words (which I was expecting). The narration is simply remarkable and goes with the smooth flow.

My perception:

This is the book which will remain in your heart for forever. Atticus Finch is the character which you wish to find. I have started this book at a very slow speed, but as soon as the book progresses I got the good reading speed. The characters of this book are truly noteworthy, each and every character is presented with an utmost ease. Other than racism issue, this book gives many worthy lessons. I am really wondering how beautifully the author has written this book through the eyes of a 6-year-old girl. This book also gives the cultural insight of that era. I am really glad that I read this book and totally recommend this to every bookworm!

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Until next time, Keep reading 🙂 

Sheetal Maurya

Sheetal Maurya is a full-time blogger. She is a die-hard bookworm and has read more books than she can count. She believes in the art of storytelling and reviews books so that the world can choose the best ones and embark on an adventurous virtual reading journey.


  • Simant Verma July 21, 2017 Reply

    Good review! I started reading it, and hope that I can complete it within this month itself 😀

    • Sheetal Maurya July 21, 2017 Reply

      Thanks dear, you will finish it 🙂

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