I bought the kindle version of this Literary Classic today, on the day of Harper Lee's passing. Even though I have a hardback and paperback, it seemed like you can never get enough of To Kill A Mockingbird. What an incredible legacy this amazing author has left the world. This book is absolutely brilliant. I've read the book three times in my life, at ages 13, 21 and now (today) at 42. With each reading I gain a deeper appreciation for the storyline, the author, and the moral beliefs that are challenged within these pages. I still can't believe it was written so long ago and yet Is still so relevant. There are few books that increase in complexity the more they are read, Harper Lee seems to speak to readers of all ages. With its slow, warm and evocative opening chapters, Mockingbird starts off like a sultry summer day in the South. Lee depicts a South of "whistling bob white," biscuits and warm milk, and ladies who on the hottest days bathe twice by noon and then douse themselves in lavender-smelling powder. The story is narrated by Scout, the daughter of Atticus Finch, a criminal defence attorney in the Deep South who is assigned to defend a black man in his trial for raping a white girl. The novel tells the story of how Scout and her family endure the threatening ridicule from their community for Atticus' loyalty to this man. While Harper Lee delivers the message that black people were discriminated against in the Deep South, the other profound message is the struggle that whites endured when they chose to side with the blacks. Though there are many poignant moments, my favourite part was Atticus Finch's closing argument during the trial. His monologue constitutes some of the best pages of literature ever read. No matter how many times this novel is read, the reader will never cease to feel compelled by the message that it delivers. It should be compulsory reading.
To Kill a Mockingbird, has all the elements of a great novel, in all the right amounts in all the right places. A dash of humor, a pinch of wit, a drop of adventure, a measure of intrigue, a good dollop of morality, more than good helping of fatherly advice, some good old fashioned family values, delightfully wrapped up in a damn fine plot. This novel is every bit a page turner as any spy thriller, or action adventure mystery, filled with cliffhanger suspense. I found myself emotionally invested in the story. I was involved at every moment of this coming of age story. It provoked thought and laughter, anger, sadness and delight. This is not the first time that I have read this novel, nor will it be the last.
I first read this incredible book when I was 14 years old...a zillion years ago, or so it seems. Now, that I'm older, it still remains my favourite book, ever! I downloaded the e-version some time ago and just reread it again, only to realise, I have never left a review. I feel a little unworthy, but e-reading affords us with the opportunity to express our feelings, so here goes... As many others have already covered this wonderful book with appropriate superlatives and honours, I can only add that it is one of the most uncontrived novels ever written, imo. Added to that, the writing style displays a naturalness that has encouraged generation after generation to read this poignant, endearing novel. Lastly, it impacted on me at 14 and it still does. I know Harper Lee has had only one published book in her entire life (until recent times) but, what a book and what characters! To Kill a Mockingbird is a life changing, unforgettable and truly beautiful experience.
Read this book at school, and recalled it as a decent book...a big call at the time given my aversion to all non-sports related study. Through a strange set of circumstances, not least arrival of a grandchild called Harper Lea (the parents had no specific knowledge of the book or author), I remembered the book. We listened to the audio, beautifully rendered by Sissy Spacek. It truly is a beautifully written story. The liberal use of southern descriptions of folk will offend some. However! It is a real chronicle of day to day in a small Southern county, with the engrained racism of the day. A study of courage. A study of decency. Well worth the read.
To understand the current American psyche you just need to read this book. It is just so telling and it resonated with me like no other book has for a long time. Today's America rides on the coattails of this novel's premiss of such deep seated racial divides it is no wonder they still struggle with the very real concept of equality. Saying that this is not a tale of doom and gloom. Far from it. The young heroine around which the novel is couched is personable and endearing. Her surroundings and friendships are strong and enduring as is her inquisitive nature. Set in the era of the Great Depression there is one reasoning voice that instilled itself on all who surrounded him and Atticus is such a strong moderating voice that he almost steals the limelight; but not quite. Such a simple tale woven by a genius author makes it an unforgettable read. Peter Eerden.
I first read this book in high school and remember enjoying it even then. I reread this book as an adult and it's only confirmed my enjoyment and enriched my appreciation for the story. A captivating story and incredibly thought provoking regarding all aspects of humanity and particularly regarding racism.
I read this book in my teens, again as an adult and now as a more mature woman. At all stages of my life, I've loved it; the prose is wonderful and re-reading it has only reinforced that this is one of the most powerful books ever written. Unlike some of the books I enjoyed as a young person, this stands both the test of time and the test of maturity.
Looking forward to the release of Harper Lee's to Go Set A Watchman
Wanting to read the latest offering from Harper Lee, I realised that I had actually never read this 1st novel. I found he book rivetting and hard to put down. An unusual style of narrative which became compelling the further into the book I read. It is a comprehensive study in human behaviour & prejudices & racism in a small southern town in the USA. .
Harper Lee is a literary genius. Although I had seen the Movie years ago, this novel made the little innuendos much clearer to me. Her insights into people are amazing and her writing style enthralling. This was the best book I have read this year and look forward to Go Set a Watchman being the continuing story of Scout, her family, society and attitudes. A must read. Excellent.
Reminded me that so much innocence has been lost over the years. The expectation that children be well mannered and respect elders nowadays hard to find. Also bought home how prejudice and discrimination has sadly not really changed much at all. An enduring read.