Friday, January 25, 2013

To Kill A Mockingbird: A Review

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Author: Harper  Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird is a Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee. It is a story of an eight year old girl who opens her eyes to the dark side of the society. It was first published in 1960 and was an instant success. 

Set in the year 1935, the plot of the story revolves around the great depression. The story takes place in the fictional town of Maycomb county, Alabama. The story narrated by Jean Louis Finch a.k.a. Scout Finch revolves around two children Scout and Jem. The story talks about serious issues like racism and crime against women through the eyes of an innocent eight year old. 

The characters in the story are heartwarming. Scout is a smart, innocent, witty and lovely girl. She thinks rationally. Jem is Scout's elder brother who cares about her and treats her like a friend. As a reader, their bond reminded me of the one I share with my younger brother. All the fights and teasing and bothering each other all the time is what this relationship is all about. Dill is a friend to both and is an interesting personality. Atticus Finch is the adorable father to Scout and Jem. He is rational, loving and caring as well as a little firm too. He respects humanity above all and is very level-headed. Furthermore, it's his personality that commands respect out of everyone. I was very impressed by this character and I hope I see men like him in life as well.

The writing style is commendable. The story has a good flow to it and is hard to put down at certain points. The story is practically divided into two parts. In the first part Scout, Jem and Dill are trying to solve the mystery behind legend of Boo Radley. However, the second part is majorly about the Ewell vs. Robinson case. The detailing about the surroundings is adequate and the pace of the story is nice as well.

Conclusively this is a Bildungsroman Novel which will move you and make you adore the characters. Also, it will force you to analyse your ways and the judgements  you make about other people.

“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.” 
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Search for Absolution

“I see myself forever and ever as the ridiculous man, the lonely soul, the wanderer, the restless frustrated artist, the man in love with love, always in search of the absolute, always seeking the unattainable” 
― Henry Miller, Stand Still Like the Hummingbird

Picture by SaraJessica13
Most of us, in our lives search for absolution in some form or other. For some it might be the cushy job, for other the perfect partner or the perfect house. In all we all select a goal, we draw a picture in our minds of the perfect state we want ourselves to be in.And somehow we convince ourselves that our lives will have the happy ending.But how many of us do really get that??? So is all that dreaming worth the effort???