Description To Kill a Mockingbird won the Pullitzer Prize, and was printed 14 times and sold more than two and a half million copies in its first year of publication alone. Shocked by this immediate success and convinced that the only place to go from the top is downwards, its author Harper Lee hid away from the media and never wrote another book. Reading it today, it's easy to see why her coming-of age-novel has been a perennial best-seller. Though it covers complex issues like social, gender and racial inequality, and the co-existance of good and evil, the book's narrative style is simple. Eight year-old Scout, her brother, and their friend Dill spend their summers re-enacting scenes from Dracula and plotting ways to get a peek at the town bogeyman, Boo Radley, who they suspects has been leaving gifts for them in a hollow tree. Life moves slowly until, to the consternation of her town's racist white community, Scout's laywer father Atticus agrees to defend a black man who has been accused of raping a white woman. The story unfolds, told through Scout's innocent eyes as she grows up. The result is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice, and the pain of leaving childhood.
To Kill a Mockingbird - Customer Choice by Esmée de Heer It was almost getting embarrassing that I hadn’t read this famous classic yet. Harper Lee spins such an amazing coming-of-age tale about a young girl growing up in the US. The book is filled with strong, complex characters, and every message that the book entails still rings true today.
To Kill a Mockingbird - Customer Choice by Helena Eher This classic is excellent to make us think about some concepts and situations. It is a novel about prejudice told by Scout, a 6 year-old girl, which makes it a thrilling story, with an accessible language. Besides, Atticus is my new favorite character!
To Kill a Mockingbird - Staff Choice by Karin Finally read this classic and also watched the black-and-white movie – on Netflix – with the late Gregory Peck. Good discussion with book group. There is a reason why some books become classics.
Also by Harper Lee: Go Set a Watchman (2015)
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To kill a mockingbird - just brilliant!by: Ester from Rijswijk 27-11-2003 A very moving story in which a young girl tries to make sense of her world in the 1930's in a small town called Maycomb (Alabama). Together with her brother Jem and her vacation friend Dill she explores her surroundings and figures out the people living in it. All is good and kind of a game until the town is waken up by a tragedy. Her father, Atticus Finch, is attorney and has to defend a black man who is accused of raping a white girl, age 19. Jane Louise (Scout) then gets her life lessons not only by her father anymore, but in real life as well. She realizes that people can be prejudice and bias. People aren't just "folks" anymore, but are white or colored, rich or poor. When things get really out of hand, after a Halloween pageant, Jem and Scout get help out of an unexpected corner.....a neighbor they mocked all their lives.
It's just a brilliant book to read. Once started you can't stop reading. It gets you mad when Scout gets mad, it gets you angry when you see how ignorant people can get in a situation. You almost lose hope, but Atticus won't let you! This review refers to the Paperback edition