To Kill a Mockingbird
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To Kill a Mockingbird

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by Harper Lee

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Life magazine
"Remarkable triumph . . . Miss Lee writes with a wry compassion that makes her novel soar."
From the Publisher
"Marvelous . . . Miss Lee's original characters are people to cherish in this winning first novel."—The New York Times

"A novel of great sweetness, humor, compassion, and of mystery carefully sustained."—Harper's Magazine

"Remarkable triumph . . . Miss Lee writes with a wry compassion that makes her novel soar."—Life magazine

"Miss Lee wonderfully builds the tranquil atmosphere of her Southern town, and as adroitly causes it to erupt a shocking lava of emotions."—San Francisco Examiner

"Skilled, unpretentious and tototally ingenuous . . . tough, melodramatic, acute, funny."—The New Yorker

The New York Times
"Marvelous . . . Miss Lee's original characters are people to cherish in this winning first novel."
Life Magazine
Remarkable triumph . . . Miss Lee writes with a wry compassion that makes her novel soar.
San Francisco Examiner
"Miss Lee wonderfully builds the tranquil atmosphere of her Southern town, and as adroitly causes it to erupt a shocking lava of emotions."
The New Yorker
"Skilled, unpretentious and tototally ingenuous . . . tough, melodramatic, acute, funny."
Harper's Magazine
"A novel of great sweetness, humor, compassion, and of mystery carefully sustained."
Library Journal
This 50th-anniversary edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic is narrated by Sissy Spacek.

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When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. When it healed, and Jem's fears of never being able to play football were assuaged, he was seldom self-conscious about his injury. His left arm was somewhat shorter than his right; when he stood or walked, the back of his hand was at right angles to his body, his thumb parallel to his thigh. He couldn't have cared less, so long as he could pass and punt.

When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back on them, we sometimes discussed the events leading to his accident. I maintain that the Ewells started it all, but Jem, who was four years my senior, said it started long before that. He said it began the summer Dill came to us, when Dill first gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out.

I said if he wanted to take a broad view of the thing, it really began with Andrew Jackson. If General Jackson hadn't run the Creeks up the creek, Simon Finch would never have paddled up the Alabama, and where would we be if he hadn't? We were far too old to settle an argument with a fist-fight, so we consulted Atticus. Our father said we were both right.

Being Southerners, it was a source of shame to some members of the family that we had no recorded ancestors on either side of the Battle of Hastings. All we had was Simon Finch, a fur-trapping apothecary from Cornwall whose piety was exceeded only by his stinginess. In England, Simon was irritated by the persecution of those who called themselves Methodists at the hands of their more liberal brethren, and as Simon called himself a Methodist, he worked his way across theAtlantic to Philadelphia, thence to Jamaica, thence to Mobile, and up the Saint Stephens. Mindful of John Wesley's strictures on the use of many words in buying and selling, Simon made a pile practicing medicine, but in this pursuit he was unhappy lest he be tempted into doing what he knew was not for the glory of God, as the putting on of gold and costly apparel. So Simon, having forgotten his teacher's dictum on the possession of human chattels, bought three slaves and with their aid established a homestead on the banks of the Alabama River some forty miles above Saint Stephens. He returned to Saint Stephens only once, to find a wife, and with her established a line that ran high to daughters. Simon lived to an impressive age and died rich.

It was customary for the men in the family to remain on Simon's homestead, Finch's Landing, and make their living from cotton. The place was self-sufficient: modest in comparison with the empires around it, the Landing nevertheless produced everything required to sustain life except ice, wheat flour, and articles of clothing, supplied by river-boats from Mobile.

Simon would have regarded with impotent fury the disturbance between the North and the South, as it left his descendants stripped of everything but their land, yet the tradition of living on the land remained unbroken until well into the twentieth century, when my father, Atticus Finch, went to Montgomery to read law, and his younger brother went to Boston to study medicine. Their sister Alexandra was the Finch who remained at the Landing: she married a taciturn man who spent most of his time lying in a hammock by the river wondering if his trot-lines were full.

When my father was admitted to the bar, he returned to Maycomb and began his practice. Maycomb, some twenty miles east of Finch's Landing, was the county seat of Maycomb County. Atticus's office in the courthouse contained little more than a hat rack, a spittoon, a checkerboard and an unsullied Code of Alabama. His first two clients were the last two persons hanged in the Maycomb County jail. Atticus had urged them to accept the state's generosity in allowing them to plead Guilty to second-degree murder and escape with their lives, but they were Haverfords, in Maycomb County a name synonymous with jackass. The Haverfords had dispatched Maycomb's leading blacksmith in a misunderstanding arising from the alleged wrongful detention of a mare, were imprudent enough to do it in the presence of three witnesses, and insisted that the-son-of-a-bitch-had-it-coming-to-him was a good enough defense for anybody. They persisted in pleading Not Guilty to first-degree murder, so there was nothing much Atticus could do for his clients except be present at their departure, an occasion that was probably the beginning of my father's profound distaste for the practice of criminal law.

During his first five years in Maycomb, Atticus practiced economy more than anything; for several years thereafter he invested his earnings in his brother's education. John Hale Finch was ten years younger than my father, and chose to study medicine at a time when cotton was not worth growing; but after getting Uncle Jack started, Atticus derived a reasonable income from the law. He liked Maycomb, he was Maycomb County born and bred; he knew his people, they knew him, and because of Simon Finch's industry, Atticus was related by blood or marriage to nearly every family in the town.

Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square. Somehow, it was hotter then: a black dog suffered on a summer's day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square. Men's stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o'clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum.

People moved slowly then. They ambled across the square, shuffled in and out of the stores around it, took their time about everything. A day was twenty-four hours long but seemed longer. There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County. But it was a time of vague optimism for some of the people: Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself.

We lived on the main residential street in town--Atticus, Jem and I, plus Calpurnia our cook. Jem and I found our father satisfactory: he played with us, read to us, and treated us with courteous detachment.

Calpurnia was something else again. She was all angles and bones; she was nearsighted; she squinted; her hand was wide as a bed slat and twice as hard. She was always ordering me out of the kitchen, asking me why I couldn't behave as well as Jem when she knew he was older, and calling me home when I wasn't ready to come. Our battles were epic and one-sided. Calpurnia always won, mainly because Atticus always took her side. She had been with us ever since Jem was born, and I had felt her tyrannical presence as long as I could remember.

Our mother died when I was two, so I never felt her absence. She was a Graham from Montgomery; Atticus met her when he was first elected to the state legislature. He was middle-aged then, she was fifteen years his junior. Jem was the product of their first year of marriage; four years later I was born, and two years later our mother died from a sudden heart attack. They said it ran in her family. I did not miss her, but I think Jem did. He remembered her clearly, and sometimes in the middle of a game he would sigh at length, then go off and play by himself behind the car-house. When he was like that, I knew better than to bother him.

When I was almost six and Jem was nearly ten, our summertime boundaries (within calling distance of Calpurnia) were Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose's house two doors to the north of us, and the Radley Place three doors to the south. We were never tempted to break them. The Radley Place was inhabited by an unknown entity the mere description of whom was enough to make us behave for days on end; Mrs. Dubose was plain hell.

That was the summer Dill came to us.

Early one morning as we were beginning our day's play in the back yard, Jem and I heard something next door in Miss Rachel Haverford's collard patch. We went to the wire fence to see if there was a puppy--Miss Rachel's rat terrier was expecting--instead we found someone sitting looking at us. Sitting down, he wasn't much higher than the collards. We stared at him until he spoke:


"Hey yourself," said Jem pleasantly.

"I'm Charles Baker Harris," he said. "I can read."

"So what?" I said.

"I just thought you'd like to know I can read. You got anything needs readin' I can do it. . . ."

"How old are you," asked Jem, "four-and-a-half?"

"Goin' on seven."

"Shoot no wonder, then," said Jem, jerking his thumb at me. "Scout yonder's been readin' ever since she was born, and she ain't even started to school yet. You look right puny for goin' on seven."

"I'm little but I'm old," he said.

Jem brushed his hair back to get a better look. "Why don't you come over, Charles Baker Harris?" he said. "Lord, what a name."

"'s not any funnier'n yours. Aunt Rachel says your name's Jeremy Atticus Finch."

Jem scowled. "I'm big enough to fit mine," he said. "Your name's longer'n you are. Bet it's a foot longer."

"Folks call me Dill," said Dill, struggling under the fence.

To Kill a Mockingbird. Copyright © by Harper Lee. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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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.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jean Louise Finch, better known as Scout, narrates this tale that covers roughly 2 years of her childhood starting from shortly before she started the 1st grade. The story is a mixture of many elements including a mysterious neighbor named Boo Radley, various coming of age issues regarding Scout and her brother Jem, and her father, Atticus, defending a black man accused of raping a white woman. As the story is set in Alabama in the 1930s, the rape case is particularly incendiary.
To Kill A Mockingbird is such a classic piece of American literature that most people read it in high school.
While there were a few descriptions of rural southern life that ran on a bit long for my taste, the novel was well worth reading. For sheer entertainment value, I enjoyed the Boo Radley subplot the most as it is, both, mildly suspenseful and immensely interesting.
Of course, the novel is most famous for the rape trial and this is also compelling in a fairly horrifying and very sad way. Harper Lee paints a vivid portrait of the extent to which African Americans were relegated to a status far below even second class in that place and time. Atticus Finch does a masterful job of defending the accused, but he knows that the all-white jury has practically cast their votes before ever entering the courtyard. The author uses the narrative voice of the children to highlight the blatant injustices and the outrage that any decent person would feel as a result. The technique is highly effective if not exactly subtle.
To Kill a Mockingbird is easy to recommend. The story is interesting, the characters substantial, and the subject is still relevant today. It's a shame that Harper Lee has not published a second novel but this single book is likely to ensure that her voice will continue to be heard for many years to come. A very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first looked at the book "To Kill A Mockingbird" I thought that it looked like a boring old book that I was going to be forced to read. I was one hundred percent positive that I would not like it one bit. But by the time I was on the 6th chapter I could not put it down. This book was amazing. Although it was written through the eyes of a six-year-old girl it is a very deep book. The concept of racism and prejudice in this book was shown perfectly through the eyes of Scout. The innocence that the victims, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley, showed was clear throughout the whole book. I enjoyed this book for several reasons. One is the fact that even though Harper Lee wrote this book in 1960 the book opened my eyes to the fact that the concept of racism and prejudice is still happening today. This was an interesting glimpse into this subject for me because I live in a very diverse community and all of my friends and peers are pretty tolerant of each others' differences. Reading this book taught me that racism could affect everyone. Using interesting characters and getting me involved in their personal stories made the issues of civil rights and racism more real to me. Usually when you have to read about racism it involves dates in a history book and people you can't relate to, but "To Kill A Mockingbird" was written in a way that was easy to read and more people can relate to Scout and her family. I also liked this book because it showed how growing up is an important and inevitable part of life. At some point you can't shelter children from every bad thing in the world that comes along. In the story, Atticus eventually had to sit down with Jem and Scout and explain to them about bigotry and what was going on in their community. He understood that they were growing up and, in turn, he set an example of what a good person was like. I liked how even though the book was written through Scout's eyes, Harper Lee still was able to catch how Jem was affected by having Scout observe the changes in her brother and talk to her Dad about it. Even though the book touches on more mature ideas and concepts, I feel that this book is a sure hit for all ages. This book is a true classic and unquestionably deserved the Pulitzer Prize.
Renelche More than 1 year ago
This is such a moving book. It is rich with southern texture. A coming of age tale in the Depression Era south, the book speaks to people today as much as it did when it was written. Every time I read it, I find that it tells me more about children, adults, feelings, and how we deal with one another as people. I also find that, each time I read it, I am uplifted.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
AmuseBuche More than 1 year ago
When I told friends that I had spent the weekend re-reading To Kill A Mockingbird, they were skeptical and even asked, "What do you have a test on Monday?" This classic tale of adolesence is part of our American fabric. Read as a student while you were in high school the injustice of racism screams to you. Read as a parent the themes of how to parent, how to let your child grow, how to accept your child for who she is, how to allow your child to grow up speak to you. If you haven't picked up Harper Lee's classic since high school, now is the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A definite Must Read for most any age. I'm a highschool student myself, though I read it on my own time because my mom recomended it, despite the fact several of my friends did not enjoy it. It's a real classic though, very well written that not only was it meaningful, but easy to get through. Before you knew it, you could be 100 pages in, only meaning to read 10. Harper Lee did an amazing job of developing not only her characters, but the whole feel of the small southern town, as well as a wonderful message something that's seriously lacking in many modern books, and though sometimes you'll wonder what a scene has to do with the book at all, it all comes together neatly at the end. Told from the eyes of a 8 year old growing up was a brilliant touch, giving a lot more emotion to it. An amazingly written book that everyone should read, To Kill A Mocking Bird will probably be a timeless classic, if it's not already.
Anthrogrl More than 1 year ago
As a native of the Southern U.S., this book means a lot to me. I first read it in sixth grade in my English class. For those who aren't familiar with Harper's novel, the plot focuses on a small, Depression-era town in Alabama. A black man is accused of raping a white woman, and the town's well-respected lawyer and widower, Atticus Finch, decides to defend the accused. Narrated through the eyes of Atticus's daughter, Scout, Harper portrays the violence, prejudice, and feelings of the American South during a very difficult time. Atticus, unsurprisingly, incurs the wrath of the town for defending a black man, but ultimately wins the respect of his two children. 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is a deeply moving and poignant story about childhood innocence, as Scout and her older brother try to understand the nature of violence and prejudice. Everyone should read this novel-period.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I, like most other reviewers of this book, read To Kill A Mockingbird in English class. I never thought that I would read a book for school that I couldn't put down. It is obvious that Harper Lee was from a small southern town because the plot is so real. I wouldn't have read this novel if I didn't have to because a lot of people said it was boring, but I thought it was one of the best books I've ever read. I read ahead of the class and finished it weeks before the rest of my class did, while I normally fall behind when reading novels for school. This book was very unpredictable, so I had no idea what would happen next. This book deals with racism and general everyday life in the south at the time of the Great Depression through the eyes of a child. I highly recommend this book to all people who like a book that will make them laugh and cry.
YULIUS10 More than 1 year ago
To Kill a Mockingbird is a story that exposes the cruelty of prejudice toward the African American population in the 1930s. The story is told through the eyes of a young girl named Jean Louise Finch (Scout). Scout and her older brother Jem are raised by their widowed father, a lawyer named Atticus, in a small town of Maycomb County, Alabama. One Summer Scout and her brother meet a young boy named Dill who comes from Mississippi to spend the summer with her aunt. Scout, Jem and Dill become good friends and become fascinated with a man called "Boo" Radley, who has not been seen outside of his house for many years due to his scandalous past since he was in prison. Scout, Jem, and Dill believe Mr. Radley is a big and evil man. During this time in the South, racism and discrimination toward black people was common. Scout's father becomes a defense attorney for a black man, Tom Robinson, who is accused of raping a white woman. I really like To Kill a Mockingbird because it gives me a better understanding about how sometimes, we as people can be prejudiced and intolerant without reason. The book is an eye opener and shows an interesting glimpse into the cruelty that some people had to go through in the South during the 1930s. Reading this book shows the evil affect of racism. If I could suggest a change I would decrease the number of minor characters to gain a more personal view and also add a second point of view to get a different perspective aside from Scout's. I think with these changes would benefit the readers and keep the story more interesting. I recommend people read this book. I find it to be interesting , powerful and it makes a great statement on how justice can be changed by racism.
GraniteShepherd More than 1 year ago
Unfotunately, I do not possess the eloquence necessary to do justice to this work of incredible art. Harper Lee writes in simple, plain language about a childhood incident that brings out the best, and worst, of the charcters in the book. Tom Hanks once noted that "The Godfather" is the "I-Ching" of business - To Kill a Mockingbird is the "I-Ching" of American life: e.g., "Leave out the adjectives and you'll have the facts." The story is simple and yet powerful, the characters are distinctive and familiar, the lessons are undestandable and timeless. I have but one regret about this book, and that is the fact that I've read it: I'd love to be able, now, as an adult, to read this book for the first time.
MSB4B More than 1 year ago
To Kill A Mockingbird was a very good book. It was written well, had interesting characters, and was an interesting story. The words flowed nicely and had nice language. The characters were complex and fascinating. The characters were portrayed as real people trying to make a difference. They came across as remarkably ordinary people in a small town, but still made an impression on the reader. The story started off slowly. There was not much action and only hints of a real conflict. However, this was the point in the story in which the author introduced the character's personalities and prepared the reader to understand why some characters acted the way they did in Part 2 of the book. In the second part, the conflict was introduced subtly. It had been mentioned before, but only a little bit. As the story started moving along, the reader could see how the characters reacted to certain people and events, which set the way for the climax. I thought the author did a very nice job moving the story along at this point. The author kept the reader's attention and did not reveal everything, allowing the reader to think about the story and infer things from characters' actions. I really enjoyed reading this book and understand why this book is considered a classic and should be read by everyone.
eva5423 More than 1 year ago
When reading To Kill A Mockingbird, the values it teaches are always applicable to life. Especially for a young adult, it can teach them responsibility and selflessness. This book really warms the heart and you will find yourself wanting to read it more than once. I would recommend it to anyone, great book!
JenHoefer More than 1 year ago
Thesis -- Atticus consistently parents by providing suggestions for dealing with difficult situations and holding his kids to high standards of behavior; thus laying the foundation for his children to grow up to be morally-centered citizens. One parenting strength of Atticus Finch is his ability to take the various scrapes and confusing situations his kids get into, and translate these instances into clear suggestions for Scout and Jem. One specific time Atticus gives this guidance is to his daughter Scout: "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view." (Lee 30). In this part of the story, Scout asks her father why she has to follow the school rules while some of her classmates do not. Atticus explains the idea of empathy; that one person cannot truly know what someone else experiences unless he puts himself into their place. Instead of allowing Scout to simply jump to conclusions, Atticus advises Scout to use the communication tool of empathy, which she can use to understand other people better, and therefore be more productive in her dealings with others. Similar advice is given when Atticus reminds Scout that Miss Caroline probably also had a rough first day of school and Scout should remember that they both learned a lot today (Lee 30). This is a wise piece of advice because it will help Scout to be less judgmental and will help her get along with other people. By prompting her to consider views other than her own, Atticus is teaching Scout to become a caring member of society. So because of her father's guidance, no matter what circumstances society may present to her, Scout has learned to be a good person (and therefore a good citizen) by taking others into consideration before making judgments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This book was about a middle aged lawyer named Atticus who was defending Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white girl. Because he was defending Tom Robinson Atticus' kids were getting made fun of by all the towns' people. All of this drama teaches them a lot of life lessons which helps them mature. The theme of this book was don't punish something if it did nothing wrong. I agree that if something is innocent you shouldn't punish it. Harper Lee does a great job in showing the theme and teaching that lesson to whoever reads her book. She states the theme in the book using a metaphor with a mockingbird. Atticus told Jem and scout not to shoot the mockingbirds, because they did not harm anything. They didn't ruin the crops they just sang beautiful songs for everybody to here. She also implies the theme with Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. Also the story taught a lot about the racism back then. How the black people's church was a place white people gambled every day but Sunday. On top of that they didn't have enough money to get a bible for everybody. Another way Lee shows racism is how Jem and Scout got made fun of just because their dad was defending a black guy. My opinion about this book is that it was good it kept me very interested and taught me a valuable lesson. I was sad to hear she retired writing after To Kill a Mockingbird. She did really well on this book and I would have liked to read other books written by her. I liked how she wrote about something that was so real back then. How she used the racism and Tom Robinson being accused of rape to teach a lesson to people. Also the book was very interesting. I don't like to read and I couldn't put this book down after I started reading it. It's a bestseller and I can see why now. This is now one of my favorite books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read "To Kill A Mockingbird" when I was 10 years old. While I would not recommend it for most children that age, it became one of my favorite books; 42 years later, it is still a favorite. Harper Lee instilled such depth in each character and created such a rich portrait of a small Southern town, that this is a story to be read, re-read and cherished for a lifetime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel is amazing. At first the book was forced upon me to read, but then I found myself reading it in my free time and loving it. It is about a small, quiet, southern town called Maycomb. The story is narrated by a young girl known as Scout (real name is Jean Louise) Finch. It is a tale about her growing up while her dad is defending an African American man in court. She has to put up with racial slurs that are aimed her way at school and by Mrs. Dubose. Her brother Jem is growing up and it is very obvious to Scout because he soon doesn't want to play with her and starts acting like their father Atticus. Every summer, their friend Dill comes over to stay for a while. When he is there, Jem, Scout, and Dill do lots of sneaking around and trying to get Boo Radley out of his house. Boo Radley is a very mysterious character, as he doesn't go outside, yet somehow manages to provide fun and activities to the kids. This book has great character development and provides an accurate idea of the problems of racism in the past. It also reminds you that racism is still going on today in some parts of the country and there are many attitudes expressed in real life that are expressed in the book. Harper Lee did an outstanding job of describing scenes and really putting a firm picture of what was going into your head. This book is not an action packed roller-coaster, but a drive up a mountain: very beautiful, but you drive a thin line and one mistake and you will roll all the way down. I recommend this book to anyone who is mature enough to handle some of the sensitive material and appreciates good, classic literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book, expecting it to be like a few other classics I’ve read: dry, long-winded, and hard to read.  I was in for a total surprise.  This book was the farthest thing from other classics, and is perhaps my favorite of all – second only to Jane Eyre. This book is simply magical.  I’m not sure what it is about it, but I was very sad when it came to an end – I wanted to continue to read this story.  The way Scout portrays events is so innocent, yet so revealing.  I wish I could see the world through her eyes in my own life. “To Kill a Mockingbird” truly deserves every bit of praise regarding it.  Yes, there is some language, but it really does just go with the setting and characters.  Every relatively sensitive subject was dealt with gently – as I would expect as seen through the eyes of a child. This book has impacted me like no other, and I will not hesitate to recommend it to everyone.  There is something just so enchanting, captivating, and engrossing about this book.  Harper Lee is perhaps one of the most talented authors I’ve ever encountered.  Her writing style is simply unparalleled.  If I could give it higher than five stars, I certainly would!
dragon_5635 More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorite books (Atticus Rocks!!) so I bought one. There are, however, a few things to note about this book. Firstly, while it is over 300 pages long, the print is significantly larger than the print in other books, so it is a much faster read than other leatherbounds such as Arabian Nights or the Vampire Chronicles. Also, the gilding on this book seems to be a softer gold than other leatherbounds (which I love!), but it could just be the color scheme in general than softens the look. Finally, the leather on the outside is smooth and mine is slightly too shiny to pass off as real leather (but that's not what it is anyways so :) ) As for the actual book, the story line is still compelling and even though I've already read it. About the book: there are a few words that are not deemed to be politically correct by some in US society (think n-word), but this is a product of the time period this novel was written in. If this is something that would deeply offend you, get a different version. However, there are only a few mentions of this word, so if it would be possible to overlook, I would recommend it deeply as this is a gorgeous book.
Spin_Nightwalker More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this for a class and I finished it before everyone else because it was an intriguing read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this classic for a group discussion for a book group, and I hadn't read it since I was a child. Its theme of racial injustice is not as powerful as it probably was upon its initial publication in 1960, but the overriding theme of the death of innocence endures. The plot, which lacks pacing at times, is not the book's strongest element the real reason the book endures is because of Lee's flowing prose (copied shamelessly and often: see The Secret Life of Bees for example) and strongly drawn characters, most of whom were based on real-life relatives, friends and neighbors.
cloggiedownunder 9 months ago
“I never deliberately learned to read……..Now that I was compelled to think about it, reading was something that just came to me, as learning to fasten the seat of my union suit without looking around, or achieving two bows from a snarl of shoelaces. I could not remember when the line above Atticus’s moving finger separated into words, but I had stared at them all the evenings in my memory, listening to the news of the day, Bills To Be Enacted into Laws, the diaries of Lorenzo Day - anything Atticus happened to be reading when I crawled into his lap every night. Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” To Kill a Mockingbird is the first published novel by American author, Harper Lee. Almost-nine-year-old Scout (Jean Louise) Finch had never set eyes on her reclusive neighbour, Boo (Arthur) Radley, until the night of Halloween, 1935. To Scout, her almost-thirteen-year-old brother, Jem (Jeremy Atticus Finch) and their summer vacation friend, Dill (Charles Parker Harris), Boo Radley was an almost mythical creature who remained hidden in the Radley house and was the subject of much childhood speculation. Their fascination was frowned upon by their father, Atticus, a lawyer elected to the state legislature. When Atticus took on the defence of a black man, he warned his children that some unpleasantness could well be the result. This was, after all, Alabama, and attitudes to race and class were strongly prejudiced, but what happened after the verdict was beyond anyone’s expectations. Lee’s telling of events from Scout’s point of view gives the reader a unique perspective that includes much humour as Scout, Jem and Dill learn life’s lessons. The Finch’s black housekeeper, Calpurnia, their neighbour, Miss Maudie Atkinson, their Aunt Alexandra, Atticus, and even Jem are given words of wisdom that will resonate today as they did when the book was first published: “People in their right minds never take pride in their talents” and “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” are but two examples. Lee’s book deserves multiple readings: each pass through will reveal new delights. Truman Capote’s description: “A touching book; and so funny, so likeable” is wholly apt. Unforgettable.
Anonymous 12 months ago
By far one of the best books I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is truly one of the greatest works of American literature. Iread it first in high school and was fascinated by the detail that makes it so incredibly realistic that you can actually draw a map of the town. I feel terribly sorry for all of the readers who dont understand the book. Every story, every part of the novel relates so amazingly intricately to every other part, itis simply amazing. If you find this book boring then you do not understand literature and i truly pity anyone who does not recognize the brillance of Harper Lee. The lack of respect for this great work of art makes me weep for the future. This is such an easily accessable read, if you find it dull or slow, im sorry to say that is a reflection on you, not the novel.
SouthWaler1 More than 1 year ago
Compelling book Can't wait to read the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i read this book i instantly fell in love and im only twelve.