“Harper Lee” You will be missed #ToKillaMockingBird an epic novel


Harper Lee You will be missed: #ToKillaMockingBird an epic novel

"To kill a Mockingbird" By Harper Lee
“To kill a Mockingbird” By Harper Lee – 50th Anniversary Edition

The first time I read this book was more than a decade ago and even today, I find a strong connect with the characters that speak of a powerful story. It’s about the time of depression, but yet, the story on it’s own has this innate power to add a sense of reverence with the core characters. And of course, this book will forever be a lovely weekend re-read.

It was heartening to hear the passing away of an iconic legend like Harper Lee today. She was 89.

Harper Lee’s “To kill a mockingbird” is a timeless classic which also won the Pulitzer Prize.

This novel is about a small-town lawyer, Atticus Finch (whose character is said to be modeled after the author’s father) who battles to save the life of a black resident. There are powerful moments, chapters that deal with stressful life threatening situations for the beloved characters in the novel, who are threatened by a racist mob, but yet somehow, the author amazingly ensures to keep the reader’s spirits high. I felt the characters to be very real.

The characters, starting from Atticus to Boo are “people” whom you would be able to relate to in some way or the other or at least make a connect with in some manner. They feel and sound more and more real as you keep flipping through the pages.

Atticus Finch who is the hero of the story is a lawyer whose kind manners fails to belie his mighty will. You will respect the thought, the amazing life that has been given to him through this novel and in fact on similar lines to each of the characters with a powerfully fluid narrative. Another brilliant aspect of this novel is that it makes use of simple words and a language that can connect across age groups. 

It’s without a doubt a life-changing book that will take you through a journey on it’s own through a world that breathes and lives under hatred and injustice but yet, somehow at every nook and corner as you flip through the pages, the author breathes hope into the story through these powerful characters.

It has an overall positive feel and a sincerely uplifting tone that stays intact through the essence of the novel. The book is a lovely read for anyone and across a massive range of age groups too. 

It is refreshing, stunning and at every stage of the book, truly thought-provoking.

Harper Lee will remain an iconic legend forever, no doubt about it.

Today, we have lost a great writer and an amazing beacon of sheer genius.

Some timeless quotes:

  • “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
  • "To kill a Mockingbird" By Harper Lee
  • “Courage is not a man with a gun. Courage is knowing you’re licked before you begin but begin anyways and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”
  • “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
  • “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
  • “People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for.”

And my favourite quotes are:

  • Things are never as bad as they seem.”
  • I think there’s just one kind of folks, ‘folks’

Have you read this wonderful novel, do share some memories or views about the same, would love to hear your comments on this.

Be Well

Ananth V

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