Harper Lee brilliantly sums up her novel in one sentence: ‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird’.
A novel set in the slavery era, you find yourself constantly face-to-face with one question; ‘Is a white man’s word more precious that a black man’s life’. Lee aptly chose to write as she saw through the eyes of a little girl, thereby using her curiosity to examine racism and building on her surprise at the fact that skin color is a measure of life. The characters are brilliantly woven in an impeccable mixture of a pensive plot written with humorous quirks and pips makes it a real reader’s delight.
‘I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.’
‘Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand.’
“I think I’ll be a clown when I get grown,” said Dill. “Yes, sir, a clown…. There ain’t one thing in this world I can do about folks except laugh, so I’m gonna join the circus and laugh my head off.”
“You got it backwards, Dill,” said Jem. “Clowns are sad, it’s folks that laugh at them.” “Well, I’m gonna be a new kind of clown. I’m gonna stand in the middle of the ring and laugh at the folks.”
Thickness: 309 pages
Price: Rs. 299
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Contributed By : Satyabrat Mishra