“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.” – Atticus Finch
This holiday I tried to read some old famous books. I wanted to read this since I saw all Mizan Gold Editions. All the reviews on the cover really encouraged me to read it.
The story told from a view of six-years-old girl named Scout, whose full name is Jean Louise, a daughter of the protagonist Atticus Finch. She had an older brother Jeremy and she always called him Jem.
It’s a unique way to tell a story from a child’s view. Children’s words are innocent, simple, and naïve. Their thoughts is not influenced by prejudice like the adults’.
The story itself is about Atticus, an attorney chosen by the court to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white girl. Many of Maycomb citizen disagreed with this and called Atticus “nigger-lover”. It was always made Scout and Jem angry and fight almost anyone who said it on their face, but Atticus is such a good man and father; he always ask them to ignore them.
Another interesting character is anyone in Radley Place, who in Scout’s and Jem’s and Dill’s mind are very scary yet mysteriously kind to them.
Racism is the main theme of this book. It describes how skin color distinguish the rights and lifestyle and prejudice of the people in the past. In my country (Indonesia), skin colors is not a main problems, at least in my lifetime. So it is really nice to see a story about how different people treat another people with different skin colors.
I recommend this books if you are eager to read a different and inspiring story. It opened your mind and gave hope to humanity. I bought it in Mizan Gold Edition, but I think you should read the original edition.
Overall, I gave it 4/5 on Goodreads. Happy reading! 😀