Awalnya saya tertarik membaca to buku “To Kill a Mockingbird” karena menurut beberapa artikel yang saya baca menyebutkan bahwa buku tersebut adalah salah satu karya terbaik sepanjang masa. Sebagai orang dengan bahasa inggris pasif, saya menantang diri saya untuk menamatkan membacanya. Antara waktu bekerja, tidur, dan perjalanan, akhirnya saya bisa menamatkannya kurang lebih selama 1 (satu) minggu lebih.

Saya akhirnya mengerti mengapa buku ini memegang title tersebut. Ketika kasus rasis dan rape dianggap tabu di tahun 1960, Lee Harper sudah berani menyuarakan ketidakadilan yang ia lihat dalam kehidupan sehari-hari. Tidak ada drama berlebihan, mostly menceritakan kehidupan dari polosnya pandangan hidup dari seorang anak perempuan. Saya tidak menyangka, alur yang digunakan panjang, bertahun-tahun. Dari awal cerita dimulai dan sampai diakhiri mempunyai garis merah. Boo Radley.

Saya tidak bisa menerka-nerka kemana alur buka ini akan berakhir. Bravo. Biasanya mudah bagi saya untuk menerka sebuah alur dalam cerita. Tidak seperti buku petualangan lain yang mendebarkan, alur cerita buku ini sangat statis namun tepat sasaran.

Ada beberapa kalimat dalam buku yang saya suka sekali.

  1. “No, everybody’s gotta learn, nobody’s born knowin’.
  2. “That’s what I thought, too,” he said at last, “when I was your age. If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other?
  3. First thing you learn when you’re in a lawin’ family is that there ain’t any definite answers to anything. Mr. Finch couldn’t say somethin’s so when he doesn’t know for sure it’s so.”
  4. Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.
  5. “I simply want to tell you that there are some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father’s one of them.”
  6. Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad.
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Posted by:Tria Dara Barlian

04:07 we can start to send out messages in a bottle, we can sing, write poetry, produce books, and blogs activities, stemming from the realization that people around us won't ever fully get us, but that others separated across time and space might.

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