”You’re color blind, Jean Louise,” he said. ”You always have been, you always will be. The only differences you see between one human and another are differences in looks ad intelligence and character and the like. You’ve never been prodded to look at people as a race, and now that race is the burning issue of the day, you’re still unable to think racially. You only see people.”
When I finished the book, I was astonished. I’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird few months before and was very impressed with it, but the continuation was even better (if that’s even possible, hah).
The book is set twenty years after the finishing of the first one. Grown up Jean Louise (Scout) Finch is back visiting her hometown. As she talks to her acquaintances, meets new people and gets trapped into all the arguments, she starts to notice details she didn’t when she was younger. About themes that she didn’t even care about back then.
She starts to realise there is more to this world than just simple black and white truths. That a person can have positive as well as negative qualities. She starts to learn how to separate love from attachment, heart’s desires from wise decisions. She starts to mentally grow up.
I think this book is brilliant. It brings together topics that wouldn’t be allowed to being talked about 30, 40 years ago and are still not accepted in certain parts of the world. Racism really is a subject many people have strong opinion on. I have to say I’m lucky this theme is not very close to me as I grew up in a country where racism doesn’t have that much of an impact on children. Especially hatred between black and white race, as there aren’t a lot of black people who live here. So I’ve always thought it’s not a big deal, hating as just something people develop from fear (or love, but that’s another subject) and will always be here. But since I started reading news, books about that subject (for example, The Help), I realised that, especially in America, it still is (as well as was) a huge deal. And learning about the world’s history, I figured out it isn’t just about black-white race anymore, but more about people being attacked for who their ancestors are, for being different from others, although they can’t do anything about it, because that’s just the way they are. And I think it’s sad that some think they are better than others, just because. I despise violence in every sense of the word. Reading about it, thinking about it, makes me understand one of world’s largest problems. Makes me want to change something, even if it’s just about myself (because after all, you always have to start with yourself) to live for a better future.
This book makes you think, which is exactly what I’m looking for when I’m on a hunt for new books. I believe only the best books make people think about them even long after they’ve already finished reading. And even if you don’t see it right away, you slightly change with every book you read. Well, this one changed me. Changed my view on the world. I would definitely give it 10/10.