Book Review : To Kill a Mockingbird (Graphic Novel) by Fred Fordham

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Yeah !! Go ahead and scream and mock as much as you want but the fact is that i had never read this classic before and when on a recent trip to a bookstore i laid my eyes on this graphic novel, there was no stopping me. I mean having  had the option of going through the classic in the traditional ant-print, voluminous book or a book with lots and lots of picture, i went with the only option, any like-minded individual would take. Go for the book with pictures. So pretttttttty !! So yes that is how i ended up with reading the graphic novel version of to kill a mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird Official Synopsis

A beautifully crafted graphic novel adaptation of Harper Lee’s beloved American classic.

‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’

A haunting portrait of race and class, innocence and injustice, hypocrisy and heroism, tradition and transformation in the Deep South of the 1930s, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird remains as important today as it was upon its initial publication in 1960, during the turbulent years of the Civil Rights movement.

Now, this most beloved and acclaimed novel is reborn for a new age as a gorgeous graphic novel. Scout, Jem, Boo Radley, Atticus Finch and the small town of Maycomb, Alabama, are all captured in vivid and moving illustrations by artist Fred Fordham.

Enduring in vision, Harper Lee’s timeless novel illuminates the complexities of human nature and the depths of the human heart with humour, unwavering honesty and a tender, nostalgic beauty. Lifetime admirers and new readers alike will be touched by this special visual edition.

To Kill a Mockingbird RWAT Synopsis

As mentioned, i had never read the classic before and even after going through the graphic novel, i am not any far ahead. Yup ! you heard me. If you are like me and is going for the book just to read the classic with a cheat method then let me tell you it isn’t quite successful. Or would it be? well lets just say that it didn’t for me because i feel all i got from reading the novel was nothing more than a book blurb available at the back of the original book.

My point is that while this book is amazing and the team behind this graphic novel are brilliant, this book is not meant to be a substitute for the original classic, if you haven’t read it already. This is supposed to be more of a companion novel. It will be an amazing addition to anybody who are fan of the cult classic. The print, illustration and the layout is amazing, to die for and almost like a collectors item. It is a beauty in art and each page is like glorious. I am in awe of the book. But to judge the book as a novel, then one has to understand (which i did too late) that the graphic novel is there to jog your memory or be a gift to the fans of this classic because what you get are the snippets of the story . well a detailed snippet but not the depth and the layers offered by the voluminous classic 

Conclusion

In short this graphic novel is a collectors item. I think everybody should have this in their collection if your are a true blue blood book lover. (is there a term like that ? anyways you get the point) But do not take this book as a substitute for the original classic because to understand and imbibe this cult, you need to read the original. For those who have already read and loved this classic, you need to get this copy today itself. its a work of art like literally but what a beauty man !! brilliant

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