brunettegal418, January 1, 2008 (view all comments by brunettegal418)
This deeply moving novel is one that will be read for generations to come. Told by an innocent child in a world torn apart by racism, this novel gives us an unforgettbale story filled with charm, love, racism, hatred, and yet tied together with hope. This novel must be read by everyone who enjoyes a truly wonderful tale.
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cr2111, August 14, 2007 (view all comments by cr2111)
Reading this book after a gap of around thirty years I still felt deeply moved and disturbed. May be because we are still living in a world torn apart by as nasty and as unreasonable a prejudice as that dictated the social conscience of Alabama.
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This is a book that still resonates more than 45 years after being published. After reading it again and again, I am still moved by the power and humanity of the story. Atticus Finch, a small-town lawyer, is one of those quiet heroes who fights for the underdog. Scout, his daughter (and the narrator), unveils her neighbors' hypocrisy in their attitudes toward people of a different color, different economic status, different religion, and those who are disabled. When someone tells me they haven't read this book, I am always surprised, and I encourage them to read it SOON! Our world has changed immensely since 1935, when this story takes place, but there is still injustice and rampant hatred. Reading or rereading To Kill a Mockingbird reminds us that all people need to be treated with respect.
While To Kill a Mockingbird is a favorite book of pretty much everyone who has read it, it's important to remember that it continues to be subversive and challenging to the status quo. The protagonist is a young girl named Scout and except for her father, all the main characters in the book are marginalized by the power structure of their town — a structure that still exists nearly everywhere — where wealthy white men control the lives of everyone else, and even the members of that group who want to use their status for something honorable, like Scout's father Atticus, cannot win against the flattening wave of that power. Until something about that structure really changes, this book will remain required reading for every person in America.
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.
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