A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father ― a crusading local lawyer ― risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.
To Kill a Mockingbird Book Review
I must admit, I did love this book. Not for what people seem to think it’s about, but for what it really is. This is often referred to as a crucial book about race relations in America during the great depression. IT IS ABSOLUTELY NOT THAT! It’s actually about a little white girl realizing for the first time that black people are humans!
When I started reading this novel, I thought I was reading the wrong book. In the back it said it was about a white lawyer defending a black man who was wrongfully accused of raping a white girl. But that “side story” doesn’t even begin until more than halfway through the book.
It baffles me how this is (still) promoted and celebrated as a race relations novel. The black characters aren’t even secondary, and they aren’t explored at all. You’ll say it’s because it was written from the perspective of the little white girl, Scout. But really? The white characters are all thoroughly explored, including the “lynch squad” leader for crying out loud!
When I say I loved this book for what it was, I meant it was about racist white people and their unjustified “fear” and hate of the black man/woman. As for the race relations part, it doesn’t even scratch the surface.
With all that said, it was a beautifully written novel and does have a fairly decent premise (minus the white savior complex). And because of that, I do recommend reading it.