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To Kill A Mockingbird

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by Harper Lee

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/04/2004

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The great classic of American literature, beloved by adults and children alike. Celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2010.

THE ORIGINAL TEXT

'Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a Mockingbird.'

A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of this classic novel - a black man charged with attacking a white girl.

Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s with both compassion and humour.

She also creates one of the great heroes of literature in their father, Atticus, whose lone struggle for justice pricks the conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy.

ISBN:
9780099466734
9780099466734
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-04-2004
Publisher:
Vintage Publishing
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
320
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x20mm
Weight:
0.22kg
Harper Lee

Harper Lee was born in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. She attended Huntington College and studied law at the University of Alabama.

She is the author of the acclaimed novels To Kill A Mockingbird and Go Set A Watchman, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and numerous other literary awards and honours.

She died on 19 February 2016.

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  • Unforgettable

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    “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.

  • Loved!

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    I was honestly not expecting myself to like this book so much. Aside from the old Shakespeare, I have never read a classic but had planned to do it sometime in the future (which in all honesty, probably wouldn't have happened ). To Kill A Mockingbird, however, was a book I was very excited to read and when I found out I had to read it for english class, I was really excited. I was told that it may be a little hard to get into during the first few chapters, but I had no such trouble. To Kill A Mockingbird wasn't a book that I generally read, but surprisingly, I loved every moment of it and I wish it hadn't of ended.