I was looking for the best books to read, while going through BBC’s Top 100 and TIMEs All time 100 novels and few other best books to read list I found that few books are common in all of them and I believe these must be good to read. “To kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee is one of the books which was recommended by almost all of the list.
One of the list published in UK said its a must read book and placed it ahead of Bible at number 1 spot and it was said that is one of the life changing book, I have seen lot of people talking about their life changing book but I as a matter of fact I am yet to come across such a book, yes I have read lots of books and enjoyed reading them and those books might have impacted my nature is some way or other but I will not classify any of those books as life changing, so I thought to read this book and to see whats life changing is in there.
As I started reading this book I found its kind of humorous and funny to ready (I can relate to lot of things of my childhood to the thoughts and activities of Scout and Jem, Boo Radley part is the funniest 😉 ) Scout is the main character of the Novel and we see the southern US from her point of view in this book, Jem is her elder brother. I was done with 1/3rd of the book still I did not find any life changing in it only it was fun to read because of Scouts & Jem. But as I continue to read there come some serious incidents but these are not explored more as this book is from the point of view of 8/9 year old girl. Though those incidents are not explored more but the way those have been looked are different and thought provoking.
This books has humorous side to it, it has tragedy and contradiction too but more that any of these its a great book to read. Emotions of child and questions that they have about life and various incidences are noted by author is very particular manner. During the time of US of which books is written people were condemning Germany for their hatred of Jews but making blind eye to their own partiality and condemnation of Blacks, little scouts gets confused because of this and was noted by author in superb manner.
Various stages that a boy and a girl goes through and their thinking while growing has been notes in Scout and Jem’s thoughts nicely.
At the end of the book you get the feeling of yes it was a nice book and it was worth reading and its worth recommending to others too but still I will not say “Its life changing book”. It must have been life changing may be in some older times when there was racial discrimination around people [ Particularly in US & UK]. While going though the articles on this book I came to know that lot of people choose to become lawyer because they were so impressed by Atticus ( Father of Scout and Jem who fought for a black man in a court ) and yes I agree to their respect for Atticus’s character who creates moral benchmarks for other.