It is like a train-ride. You meet different kinds of people. The moody, brooding one at the corner. The loud-mouth gibbering away at the top of her voice. The middle-aged one who looks far beyond his/her age, occasionally wearing a strained smile. The best thing about it is, you pick up interesting conversation (or overheard conversation if you are me ;)) with strangers and if you are lucky, you get some worldly wisdom from them. It was like that. This book has taught me more than what I have learnt in 20 years of my existence in this world. It has taught to me stand up for things that I believe in.
As I finished the book yesterday in the dead of the night, there was a strange feeling of sadness – that I was going to part with the 323-page acquaintance of this book. Adjectives like “powerful” , “brilliant”, “well written” would not suffice to describe this book for me and that is why I decided to dedicate an entire blog post for it.I have always loved books which are written through a child’s eyes. It helps you view the world with a pristine outlook. May be that is why I also loved Nadine Gordimer’s ‘The Ultimate Safari” so much.
Just like everyone who’s read this book, I say “Atticus Finch is my hero”. He does the right thing even when the whole world deems him ‘mad’. He doesn’t shrink away from the glare of the public but instead holds his head high and believes in what he does. I really admire him. Sensitive issues such as Racism, Poverty and Abuse very dealt with so much prudence.The book gave a wonderful peak into the Southern Lifestyle. Within 30 pages of the book, I fell in love with the characters and I could relate them to some real people that I’ve met. So, I think my copy of “To Kill a MockingBird” is not going up the shelf any time soon as it awaits a million rereads in the future.
I picked up the habit of reading books quite late but I don’t regret it. Well, atleast now I am fortunate enough to read such wonderful books. To everyone who thinks book-reading is boring, here’s my little suggestion- Read a book. It will give you a friend you’ve never had. Read a book. It will tell you what the world is really like. Read a book. It will show you what it is when you are in others’ shoes.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
Atticus Finch, by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird