Book #009: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (4.0/5).

To Kill a Mockingbird is a true American classic. It’s been referenced in several American sitcoms. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1960 and it was adapted into a hit movie that garnered several awards. I just had to read it at some point. It wouldn’t be right of me to walk around here claiming I’m a writer when I haven’t read THE To Kill a Mockingbird.

To Kill a Mockingbird was fiirst published in the 60s. Scout Finch, daughter of Atticus Finch, is the narrator of the novel. She lives with her father and older brother Jim in a small town called Maycomb, Alabama.

The novel is set in the 30s during the American Great depression. Scout and her older brother Jim during their daily antics come across their neighbour Dill, who is only home during the summer, and soon they form a close friendship. During the summer holidays, Scout, Jem and Dill explore the peculiar characters living in their neighbourhood. One of such characters is Boo Radley, who lives in the grim Radley house with his father Mr Radley. The children live in fear and admiration of Boo, as though he were a mythical creature, a big foot of sort. The lives of the children take a more serious turn when their father Atticus Finch, an attorney, takes the case of a Black man accused of raping and beating a white woman.

The novel takes its readers through the trial, tackling themes such as morals, racism and religion. It’s unique in the way it talks about racism in America from the perspective of a white young girl who has this super-hero father fighting inequality in very prejudiced and destitute times.

There’s a great deal of literature that explores racism from the perspective of black people, but not as much from the whites. I read this novel longing for more of Harper Lee’s work but I was disappointed to find out this is her only published novel.

Overall, I loved and enjoyed this book. It lives up to the hype and I feel everyone should read it at some point in their lifetimes.

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Amarachi Ike writes from Enugu, where she is currently studying Medicine at the University of Nigeria. She is an essayist, fiction writer, blogger and aspiring author.

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