Okay, haha 9 days too late, but I have finally read the darn book, so let's start right with my impressions.
The first 8 chapters were boring as heck, no, they even bored me to tears. Jem and Scout were just being scared about some Boo Radley and harassing the poor fella for pages and pages. I just don't like reading about children being unnecessarily cruel like lord of the flies style. I'm just a bit tired of this kind of stuff, because I have seen it too many times. Plus, I honestly didn't give a crap about that subplot.
There were some fun moments sprinkled through these chapters though. God, I love the whole black church side plot where Cal was taking Scout and Jem to the only black church in town. It really shows the whole segregation stuff nicely. I always thought that it was kind of weird that the US has black churches and white churches, so reading about it was kind of cool. Then there were many times that you can spot the subtle and not so subtle racism displayed by the townpeople. I believe I haven't heard so many different insults and uses of the N word before, or maybe I'm just not reading enough old books. (To be honest, usage of the N word here is kind of justified as this is basically a period piece and a showcase of the mindset of the people of their time, but boy this makes the book very unquotable)
Then, then, then, There was the build-up to the court scene. This was I guess the most 'fun' part for me. Look, I just adored the movie 11 angry men and this gave me the same vibes. Our boy Atticus was just slaying all arguments like it's nothing. God, I love the scene where he points out the left handedness of that Rob Ewell. Atticus is just way too fun to watch when he is in his lawyer mode. He is also a great dad btw.
The aftermath of the court scene went as expected. Our homy Tommy who was probably very innocent got convicted by our 'lovely' jury members. The thing that did surprise me was his death and the sudden death of Ewell. I don't know what to think of this ending. Ewell's death was kind of a cop out to me. It felt a little bit too happy for me. You know, bad racist guy died, everything is solved. That's not really how you handle systematic oppression, at least in my opinion. It's not as simple as "guys, we just kick out the bad people and only have the good people", that whole racism thing is probably a bit deeper than that.
I think I would have liked it better that Ewell got away with the whole thing, because in real life karma for bad people like him doesn't exist, they get away with bad deeds. It would be more interesting if Scout has to live with that fact.
Also, how the heck, Boo just went and stopped Ewell from murdering the kids. It felt almost humurous that the guy they feared the most in the beginning became their ultimate saviour, talk about the irony.
At last here are also the funny moments I noted. (These are just some highlights, otgerwhise the list will be way too long.)
Merryweather being merryweather
Tommy just got convicted and was found guilty by the jury although the fellow was not guilty.
miss merryweather: Hmm.. I don't get why my servants are so cranky today, is it the weather or something
Jem being an asshole
Scout: why is my brother such an asshole
Atticus: *shrugs* Oh well, boy's going through puberty
jem: look scout, don't tell anyone
Scout: what is it?
Jem: it's a secret
Scout: what is it?
jem: *proudly shows a single belly hair*
the sheriff after the whole Ewell mcstabby fiasco
Sheriff: look Scout, we have found a dress
scout: oh that pink one was mine
sheriff: we have also found a brown something with iron wire through it
I played a ham during halloween.
Jem: why, why, why, what's wrong with you people
Atticus: hey, at least he got an extra hour
the whole ham costume in general
Jem: okay, you can get rid of that costume now
Jem:It's pretty difficult to run in it tho...
Jem: come on I even brought you your dress
*ewell mc murder shows up
jem: goddamnit scout get rid of that fucking costume
Scout: I DUN WANNA
during that weird tea party after the trial
one of the ladies: Oh jean louise what do you want to be
Scout: i dunno
*Auntie alexandra looks expectantly*
scout: I wanna be a lady!
lady: (.....) better put on a dress missy
dill in general
dill: I wanna marry Scout!
Scout: heck yeah!
Dill: *only hangs out with Jem
Our boy raymond
jeremy: can I get some of that magic juice
Raymond: sure kid, my super magic juice
*Jeremy gulps the shit down
Jeremy: what the fuck bro, I thought it was the good stuff
Raymond: TrOlololol it's just coke
fun book, it did make me emotional once so that's a bonus. The beginning was darn slow, but the other parts kind of justify that slog. Regarding its message and the time period it was written on (around 1960), it has a very progressive view on this whole subject and it doesn't shy away from it. If it was written during this time, people may say that it is "hamfisted" or "forced", but I think that this book serves the same great purpose just like uncle tom's cabin did years before. People ain't gonna get the message unless you spell it out for them, especially not folks living in the 60's.
So I kind of get why this book is so applauded and yeah, I would probably recommend it to someone. However, I probably won't reread it in its entirety. (The first part was such a slog)