Where do I even start? It has been some time since I have read this book, and a pretty long time since the book has been published and received huge acclaim among any and every niche of readers possible, hence I have reconsidered reviewing this book many times. But here I am nevertheless, as my opinions have changed a little, I thought about re-reading the book and putting forth my perception and the way I devoured this heartthrob of a novel.
Published in the 1960’s, this book goes about telling the story of the Finch family, who live in Great Depression-era Alabama, from the point of view of the youngest member: Scout Finch. Scout is a five-year-old girl who lives with her nine-year-old brother, Jem, her father and Calpurnia (their maid and nanny) and amuses herself by reading the financial columns of the Mobile Register. Scout along with Jem and Dill Harris try to make Boo Radley, the boy who has not shown himself for about thirty years probably because of his shy ways, come out. One night, as Jem and Scout try an alternative method to make Boo come out, they cause a massive chaos and through it, Jem leaves his pants stuck on the fence of the Radley house. Atticus Finch, Scout’s father (who is also a lawyer) defends an African American, who is charged with the rape of a white woman, in the mean time. The story goes on only to reveal an unexpected plot twist and the realisation of Scout that “people should be judged, but only slowly and thoughtfully”.
Lee explores racism and many more morbid truths in the particular time through little girls and court cases. The book does not contain much of graphic content, nothing more than necessary and leaves you loving Scout Finch, “fiction’s most appealing child since Carson McCullers’ Frankie got left behind at the wedding”.