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This is one of several novels I have read in the past couple of years as I generally read only documented history! After reading, I took the opportunity to watch (in entirity) the acclaimed movie. The movie is remarkably consistent with the book, a fact unique to many movie works of famous books!
If you haven't read this, please remedy that immediately! And as for "sensitive issues," that's called HISTORY, and we need to read it as it was written to understand that it was real.
It is an amazing book! The storyline is phenomenal! The book does bring up some sensitive subjects ,but it isn't too much.
It’s impossible to praise this beautiful novel too highly. Just two quick points about it. (Warning: Spoilers ahead!)
First, near the end of the book, Scout narrates: “Jem said he would take me” to a Hallowe’en evening pageant at a high school a short walk from their house. We know that the children in it will appear dressed as different food products of Maycomb County. Scout will be dressed as a ham. What could be more innocuous? This is followed by: “Thus began our longest journey together” which warns the reader that something terrible is about to happen. Thackeray foreshadows in the same way in “Barry Lyndon” but other novelists never do this.
Second, when one of Scout’s classmates tells Scout that her father is a radical, Atticus says to his daughter: “You tell Cecil I’m about as radical as Cotton Tom Heflin”, a white supremacist Alabama politician. So if “Go Set a Watchman” reveals that Atticus held some racist views, they are already hinted at in “To Kill a Mockingbird”. When you think about it, given his milieu, it would have been surprising if Atticus, good man though he was, had been untainted by them.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Wow, this quote sums it all!
The age where little things become viral news and tolerance is low, we have a lot to learn from this book.
THEE American Book. Racism, nationalism, corruption, decadence, addiction, gender identity, gender roles, ethics, morals, integrity, innocence, family, responsibility, community, ignorance, intelligence, civic pride, justice, power, the law, blame, and love. All wrapped up in a little endearing tale that still leaves you feeling nostalgic for the simplicity of the whole thing.
This is a book that you have to read multiple times to really understand the layered perspectives in it. It is America's classic novel. Considered one of the best of all time for our culture - this is definitely worth seeing.
I read this in high school. A few weeks ago I happened to see the movie on TV where Gregory Peck starred as Atticus Finch. Peck is incredible. It is not often that a movie is as good as the original book, but Peck gives life to the character exactly as I imagined him to be. It inspired me to read the book again -- the movie skips elements of the story due to time constraints -- a great tale about justice in the deep south at a time when Blacks rarely were given a fair trial. This is one of those books that everyone needs to read.
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I need to reread it since it's been over a decade since I read it the first time.
I'm amused at overwhelmingly positive feedback. Pretty average, lots of better books out there. Ok as a classroom read, but not as voluntary. Sorry, just hadn't connected with me.
It's been a while since I've read book like this... I wasn't sure if I would like a story told by a little girl's perspective but it's so well written that made this book such a nice piece of art; glad I finally read it!
I am 25 years old, a lifelong bookworm, an English major, and yet I had never read To Kill A Mockingbird until this year. What a classic! I devoured it in one day. The tone is rather laidback and the evocation of childhood on point. The characters are all endearing and the themes of prejudice and mob justice remain vital, just as much in 2018 as they were in 1960 when the book was first published.
"To Kill A Mockingbird" Lee Harper A terrific story! A true literary classic in writing... A small family, a single father, in the deep South, is followed over time in this narrative. The family loves, celebrate, share values, and has unexpected adventures! Additionally, issues involving race occur with the case of a Black man accused of rape and the efforts "Atticus" to legally defend this injustice, upsets the White citizens of this Hamlet... A sub-plot in this historical story is about the children and the neighbor kid who play together and spend lazy days together during the Summer break. Games including hide and seek, racing up and down the block and tests of bravery, to see who will touch the nearly abandoned house where Boo Raddley lives before they are caught! The story has great characters that the readers will want to know, and plenty of twists and turns that occupy the reader's imagination and a touch of terror as real world events threatens and interrupts their lives... "To Kill A Mocking Bird" was made into a splended movie and now a classic film! Enjoyable to the very end, a great book for all readers.
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"To Kill A Mocking Bird" was unanimously loved by the entire "BEST SELLER'S BOOK CLUB" as a "great read!"
"Challenged at the Brentwood, TN Middle School (2006) because the book contains “profanity” and “contains adult themes such as sexual intercourse, rape, and incest.” The complainants also contend that the book’s use of racial slurs promotes “racial hatred, racial division, racial separation, and promotes white supremacy.” from www.ala.org American Library Association
The book was a HUGE LETDOWN for me. All the raving reviews and must reads for this? Don't get me wrong, the book was good, and the characters lifelike, but it really wasn't that interesting. It was very inconsistent with theme(From school to Jam to family troubles to a old lady to a crazy dog to a trial to a -redacted by writer for spoiler reasons-), with nothing really holding the story together. The only reason I would put this on a priory read list would be too say you've read it. I give this book a 7/10 and a "Would Recommend Reading But With Caution" review.
Superb story with amazing character development, and moral lessons that are timeless.
Finally caught up with this great book about life in a Southern town in 1935 - written in 1960. Unfortunately some of the things talked about in this story sound too familiar even today. When will ever learn the true meaning of life and how to treat all people?
A wonderful book about the growing up of a young girl as she grows up and sees her town transform as a result of a rape trial.