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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

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Language English
Binding Paperback
Publisher RHUK
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 Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man's struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much. To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and a sublime example of the Southern writing tradition.
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  1.  Great book...Must read 23 October, 2013 On
    I met Atticus Finch the year my father died. My father was kind, soft-spoken, and courteous. Like Atticus, “he did not do the things our schoolmates’ fathers did: he never went hunting, he did not play poker or fish, or drink or smoke. He sat in the living room and read.”

    While he was alive, I wished my father more heroic, but I was a boy with a shallow understanding of courage. Worst of all, my father told self-effacing stories like the one about a drunken Marine who sneered at him. “I bet I could kick your ASS!” My father’s reply: “I bet, too, you could!” My dad defused him, bought him coffee, thanked him for his service, and the Marine left peacefully. I was not impressed. But then, I read about Bob Ewell spitting in Atticus’ face, and Atticus calmly wiping the spittle and walking away. Like Saul of Tarsus, the scales fell from my eyes. I was blind, but then I saw.

    One of the themes that resonated with me was the way Jem's appreciation of his father grows. Jem proclaims, “Atticus is a gentlemen, just like me!” As Atticus advised, I “climbed into another’s skin and walked around in it.” I stepped into the shoes of another boy my age, blessed with a rare and magnificent father.

    I have read this book six times, and it rests on my altar bookshelf. As I have become a lawyer and a father myself, I have stepped into the skin of Atticus, and I have taken measure of where I fall short and where I am satisfactory.

    I sometimes wonder how I became a small-town lawyer who often asks, "what would Atticus do?" Then I remember. I am the adopted child of Atticus Finch.

    I’m sorry if you came here seeking a review of a beloved book and you got me instead. Some books are so well known that there is nothing new to write. Yet some books wound us so deeply that they become a part of the landscape of our scars. Some books absorb our pain; some books inflict pain; some books transform our pain. This book served as a conduit for the pain of a fatherless boy. Harper Lee helped him come to grips with the magnitude of what he had lost. She taught him a new metaphor--that his father was a mockingbird, slain by God. Steve, Steve, "stand up....your father’s passin.’”
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  2.  Not a very Interesting Pick !!! 22 May, 2013 On
    This book revolves around two kids in the background of Racial Descrimination !!
    This story takes you to the the Era where blacks were called as NIGERS !!
    Not very much Relevant today !
    This book is about a Father lawyer who fights a case for a Niger though he is from a
    White family and his two kids .
    The kids play a more dominant Role in the whole of the book, the story shows how they go on interpreting their surroundings and there is also one suspense part which keep the reader guessing till the end about the Neighbour of the kids !
    Over all I find this book to be an Average Read !!
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  3.  A Timeless Classic 15 May, 2013 On
    This is a heart rending story of Scout Finch, a six year old and her outlook on the world. The book gives an insight of life in the Great depression and a shockingly honest view on slavery. The book reaches out to its readers in a simple and innocent way, quite like Scout Finch. Harper Lee has an incredible art of story telling and to everyone who hasn't read it, pick up the book and do read it! It's one of those books that lives with you in memory forever.
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  4. 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
     Read it, Love it. 9 December, 2013 On
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
    I , usually, don't wait this long to review a book but this time, was a little late.
    However,Waiting does give you some insight and critical evaluations around the plot, theme, characters, etc. As you are on a high after finishing the book, all the THINKING does not come to you immediately.

    To Kill A Mockingbird is one of those books whose back description doesn't do justice to it.
    The book is about a White Man fighting a case for a Black Man who is accused of raping a White girl.
    Set in the times of racial seclusion, the author has very nicely brought out the character's short-comings and their nature.
    Written in first-person (YEAH!) by a seven or eight year old girl, the story is told by a child's mind and how she views, assesses and evaluates situations and scenarios.
    For instance, this girl named "Scout" is rather a critical thinker, she has a sense of maturity which is not that expected from a seven year old. She has her own views about people and her brother's Jem adolescence, with a rather in your prime voice but still having that childish innocence.
    The Author has delicately and very interestingly brought out a child's musings.
    The major theme is about a Black man's lack of accessibility to justice if convicted, and how White people are discouraged and looked down upon if they help or try to be sensitive towards them.
    The theme is common but the on goings of characters, scenarios and particularly BOO RADLEY is what keeps you hooked in!
    The book's writing style is in abbreviations (of a good kind!)and full of a child's wrong grammar and missing verbs while talking, it IS actually cute! But when an adult is speaking the voice is crisp.
    Despite the fact that the narrator is a small girl, and she couldn't grasp or report the gravity of the matter, the theme is brought out at its best.

    All in all, I loved this book, and will highly recommend it.
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