Monday, August 1, 2016

Book review #1

     Usually, when the levels of neurons’ development is low and the connections between them is rather deficient, the appreciation for certain things is not considerable either and, to give a concrete example, I shall depict myself two years ago: a child without patience, always on the run, unable to appreciate the true value of things. I have always been the kind of person who thinks that people can change because we are in constant motion, in a never-ending bustle. Introspection revealed to me that some aspects have changed so now I am truly capable of choosing a book from the library shelves, fully read and immeasurably appreciate it.

     To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee's novel, adapted to movie and with numerous awards, made me question my mental integrity from two years ago when I got bored while reading it. Second time is always lucky when it comes to books and, more importantly, if a book is as good as the mentioned one, your perception on life, on the world, on literature is changed, and in many cases even improved.

     Impossible not to have heard at least a benchmark over time about it and not necessarily because it was written in 1960, but because it is brilliant. At first glance, it may seem tedious, but once its unique atmosphere is revealed to you, you are trapped, trapped in the first half of the twentieth century American universe.

     The book illustrates with humor and a playful spirit the realities of Maycomb, a small town in Alabama, realities marked mainly by racial discrimination and their witness is Scout - or Jean Louise Finch (whose name I personally adore), depicting a boyish girl who wears rompers even when she goes to bed (almost). The column of her conscience and the source of her values is Atticus Finch, her father, a professional lawyer who will be appointed to defend a black (and also innocent) man before the Court of Justice. Both she and her brother, Jem, are observers of some events that discontent them beyond measure, but everything is filled with jokes and clever remarks.

     To kill a mockingbird is a literary delight, a novel in which innocence, wisdom and the harsh reality are combined and we have the impulse to immediately reread it after the last page, being too fearful of losing the scent of its atmosphere. Harper Lee's literary craftsmanship vibrates from each word, from the Scout's candid soul to Atticus' moral integrity; she is a wonderful writer that also wrote "Go set a watchman" - apparently the sequel of "To kill a mockingbird", but thought to be its draft. 

     Anyhow, her first published novel is golden, so be patient.

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