H Salisbury, January 18, 2010 (view all comments by H Salisbury)
A timeless story and a one-of-a-kind voice. Incredibly nuanced supporting characters like Boo Radley and the best trial book ever written. Accessible by any audience. Great for teens and adults.
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To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960, is actually based a few decades earlier, before the Civil Rights Movement had started gaining momentum. Set in the Deep South, in a small town where racism is not only rife but a way of life, the overriding message of the book might be that ‘life is unfair’ but it’s how you handle it, that matters. To keep mum and accept things the way they are is just unacceptable to Atticus Finch and a lesson he passes on to his two children, Scout and Jem. If you manage to overcome your own judgments and attempt to do something to make things better, is worth it even if it does not result in the change you hoped for. This is the admirable message that you leave with long after you put down this impressive novel. Of course there are a number of other themes that the novel touches upon such as family, race, youth and fear. You could check out Shmoop's Literature Guide for more insights into these themes.
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Tracy Smith, August 4, 2008 (view all comments by Tracy Smith)
As one of the few books I was actually glad to have had to read for a class, "To Kill a Mockingbird" has remained one of my favorite books since the first time I read it. A young girl and her brother learn about integrity from their father and injustice from their racist Southern town. Thoughtful and touching, this book will stick with you long after you finish the last page.
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by Sessalee Hensley,
"It's one of the finest books ever written. The quiet heroism of Atticus Finch and the honesty of his children Jem and Scout as they face prejudice in the American South of the 1930s still ring true. If it's been a while since you read it, read it again."
"That rare literary phenomenon, a Southern novel with no mildew on its magnolia leaves. Funny, happy and written with unspectacular precision, To Kill a Mockingbird is about conscience — how it is instilled in two children, Scout and Jem Finch; how it operates in their father, Atticus a lawyer appointed to defend a Negro on a rape charge, and how conscience crows in their small Alabama town."
by Chicago Tribune,
"A first novel of such rare excellence that it will no doubt make a great many readers slow down to relish more fully its simple distinction...A novel of strong contemporary national significance."
"Novelist Lee's prose has an edge that cuts through cant, and she teaches the reader an astonishing number of useful truths about little girls and about Southern life."
One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has earned many distinctions since its original publication in 1960. It won the Pulitzer Prize, has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and been made into an enormously popular movie. Most recently, librarians across the country gave the book the highest of honors by voting it the best novel of the twentieth century.
by Harper Collins,
Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred
One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.
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