Published by Harper Perennial Modern Classics on May 23rd 2006
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
Genres: Classics, Fiction, General, Literary
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The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.
Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior—to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.
I do not remember reading this book while in high school so when the debate came up in my family’s book club, I thought why not read it and the new one!
With everything that is going on in the world today, I thought this was beautifully and poignantly written. The way Harper Lee can explain the horrors of what is in everyone’s thoughts is amazing. Sadly, many of the people in this small town do not see their thoughts as horrific and I think that lends to the horror even more. We do not see our own demons but it sure is easy to see and point out someone else’s!
I really enjoyed Scout’s narration. Although she is young she has a view that is like a child but also more adult than her age portrays. Her adolescence lends even more to the story because her simple questions are not meant to provoke and hurt the people around her but they do because she is getting to the middle of the injustice of their thoughts. She does not realize this but her father, Atticus, can see that she is starting to form her own opinions and as her father he does everything he can to teach her the ways of the world without her being affected by them. A fine line!
Atticus is a wonderful example of a loving father. He wants to do everything for his children. He is also loving of the town’s people and does not try to parade in front of them when he takes the case. To defend a black man in this little town is to sign your own death warrant. The rest of the book is about how much he wants his children to understand his choices and he stands by them, no matter what happens. Not once does he belie his own integrity for the honor of the people within the town.
For such a short book there is a lot of depth in the plots. So much to look forward to in our book club! I cannot wait to talk to my family about their feelings, likes, and dislikes! I think this is one that will stick with us for a long time.