Book Review: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

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It’s always amazing to read a literary classic, especially for “To Kill a Mockingbird”, where its relevance stays till today – despite the fact that the book has been published in 1960.

Hailed as an American classic and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom, the novel speaks to the hearts of readers on racial discrimination, childhood, love, betrayal, life and death, parent-child relationships and many more.

The only book written by the author Harper Lee, “To Kill a Mockingbird” can be considered to be a compendium of life values and virtues espoused by people of Maycomb, a fictitious Southern town within the state of Alabama.  Taking the lead is the main character Atticus, a lawyer who understands life and steers clear of the undesirable aspects of the ways of the world, while educating his two children, Scout (the lead narrator of the story, as the novel is written in the first perspective) and Jem, about it. More important, Atticus exemplifies a courageous individual who dares to go against the crowd to do what is right – a sheer antithesis to our current days of groupthink.

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