Summary – First party narration of an eight year old. Scout is talking about her life in a southern state with her brother and dad. A distinguished and learned man, Atticus has introduced scout to letters and reading even before she started school. School hence was bothersome to scout since her teachers did not like her learning before school nor did they teach her anything new. She long awaited vacation wherein she could spend time with her brother Jem and Dell. Now Dell had promised Scout he’d marry her..so she considered him her boyfriend. One of the main hobbies/games of this three men army was to find about Boo Radley their neighbor. Now the actual name is Radley but they call him Boo because there is a lot of stories around Boo. He is hardly seen out of the house and there are some who believe he exists as a ghost. To add to the curiosity they get tiny gifts from a tree close to boo ‘s house. Jem, Scout and Dell’s play and imagination starts revolving around Boo. Parallel to their games there is a thin thread of the life in that age that is weaved by the author. We get to see the rational and unbiased outlook of Atticus and his principles throughout. In a small southern state, and in the age that it is written, racism and the wrath against black was a part of life. But atticus, being a learned man had his own views and being a whiteman, defended a black and faced criticism. He instilled in his children valuable principles.
Review – The narration by a 8 year old has in it all the innocence you can expect from an 8 year old. You will be glued to the book and a smile will be glued to your lips. Through smiles the author travels into the heart of a gentle introvert and the purity of his intentions. With the glasses of innocence the author looks into an era of racism, injustice and wrath. Creatively conceived and brilliantly worded, this is one of the best stories I have enjoyed. And ‘enjoyed’ is the only word to describe the experience.
Advice – Go for it I would say – anyone and everyone. A child’s innocence can just not be ignored by the hardest heart!
Verbivore’s say – Elixir!