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To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition Book Review, Book by Harper Lee
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To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition

To Kill a Mockingbird (Hardcover)

To Kill a Mockingbird (Hardcover)

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Published by HarperCollins Publishers

336 pages

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0061743526

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9780061743528)

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"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 rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town...

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One of the most widely read and appreciated books of all times. he narrator, six-year-old Scout Finch, lives with her older brother Jem and their widowed father Atticu.. More details One of the most widely read and appreciated books of all times.

he narrator, six-year-old Scout Finch, lives with her older brother Jem and their widowed father Atticus, a middle-aged lawyer. Jem and Scout befriend a boy named Dill who visits Maycomb to stay with his aunt for the summer. The three children are terrified of, and fascinated by, their neighbor, the reclusive "Boo" Radley. The adults of Maycomb are hesitant to talk about Boo and, for many years, few have seen him. The children feed each other's imagination with rumors about his appearance and reasons for remaining hidden, and they fantasize about how to get him out of his house. Following two summers of friendship with Dill, Scout and Jem find that someone is leaving them small gifts in a tree outside the Radley place. Several times, the mysterious Boo makes gestures of affection to the children, but, to their disappointment, never appears in person.
Atticus is appointed by the court to defend Tom Robinson, a black man who has been accused of raping a young white woman, Mayella Ewell. Although many of Maycomb's citizens disapprove, Atticus agrees to defend Tom to the best of his ability. Other children taunt Jem and Scout for Atticus' actions, calling him a "nigger-lover". Scout is tempted to stand up for her father's honor by fighting, even though he has told her not to. For his part, Atticus faces a group of men intent on lynching Tom. This danger is averted when Scout, Jem, and Dill shame the mob into dispersing by forcing them to view the situation from Atticus' and Tom's points of view.
Because Atticus does not want them to be present at Tom Robinson's trial, Scout, Jem, and Dill watch in secret from the colored balcony. Atticus establishes that the accusers—Mayella and her father, Bob Ewell, the town drunk—are lying. It also becomes clear that the friendless Mayella was making sexual advances towards Tom and her father caught her in the act. Despite significant evidence of Tom's innocence, the jury convicts him. Jem's faith in justice is badly shaken, as is Atticus', when a hopeless Tom is shot and killed while trying to escape from prison.
Humiliated by the trial, Bob Ewell vows revenge. He spits in Atticus' face on the street, tries to break into the presiding judge's house, and menaces Tom Robinson's widow. Finally, he attacks the defenseless Jem and Scout as they walk home on a dark night from the school Halloween pageant. Jem's arm is broken in the struggle, but amid the confusion, someone comes to the children's rescue. The mysterious man carries Jem home, where Scout realizes that he is Boo Radley.
Maycomb's sheriff arrives and discovers that Bob Ewell has been killed in the struggle. The sheriff argues with Atticus about the prudence and ethics of holding Jem or Boo responsible. Atticus eventually accepts the sheriff's story that Ewell simply fell on his own knife. Boo asks Scout to walk him home, and after she says goodbye to him at his front door, he disappears again. While standing on the Radley porch, Scout imagines life from Boo's perspective and regrets that they never repaid him for the gifts he had given them.

The book was instantly successful. It even won the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and characters are loosely based on the author's observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old.

Wraped in warmth and humor, the author addressed grave issues of rape and racial inequality. Lee also addresses issues of class, courage, and compassion. The narrative is commendable. The author dons the cap of a child (being scared of mad dogs and spooky houses) and also envisions the beauty of justice.
A true CLASSIC in all sense!
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There are some books that have a very profound, a very strong , or a life-altering effect; they teach us a way of life. To Kill a Mockingbird is one such book, that adul.. More details

There are some books that have a very profound, a very strong , or a life-altering effect; they teach us a way of life. To Kill a Mockingbird is one such book, that adults will always ask their kids to read when they are growing up. The narrator is six year old Scout Finch who lives with her older brother Jem and widowed father Atticus Finch. Jem and Scout are joined by another boy called Dill and three of them explore the town and try to understand the events that have all the adults riled up. One such event is the case that Atticus Finch has been ordered by court, to defend a black man Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson has been accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a young white woman and the town is convinced of his crime because of his race. Atticus manages to prove that Mayella and her father are lying and trying to frame Tom but the jury convicts him and he’s shot while trying to escape prison. The injustice of it all rankles Scout and her companions and they try to make sense of the world around them. The story takes place during three years of the Great Depression in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama. Lee targets the racial discrimination that pervaded the Deep South and brings it out very well through the voice of her innocent narrator. I was just entering my teens when I’d first read the book and I have never yet ceased to remember the effect the book had on me. One knows that racial discrimination is a fact, that there’s injustice in the world, that there are some who will stand up to truth and fight, but to be introduced to such concepts again through Scout put things into perspective. Atticus Finch was a man who gained your trust and respect, not just because the integrity he showed in his profession, a profession which isn’t too well known for their ethics, but also for the way he brought up his children without a mother. You see Scout and you feel for her, and love her guts. What has still stuck with me is the fact that she called her father by his name, Atticus. I remember how I though that it was such an odd and yet individualistic thing to do, to recognize a man for a man, and not for his role. I found that metaphor to echo throughout the book. Tom Robinson was not punished for being who he is, but for being seen in the role of a black man in a white society. Boo Radley was perceived to be eccentric and given a wide berth, not for being who he was, but for what they made him out to be. Atticus Finch, was the man he was, as in his life as in work, courageous, noble and honest, a man who became a hero for being who he was, for that is the true measure of integrity. The world seen through the eyes of six year old can sometimes show more truths than an experienced eye bothers to notice. The confused and eager to learn children show us what we fail to understand when we abandon our curiosities and our search to find the truth. One can read the book time and again and only find their respect for the characters burgeoning with every passing year that our world falls into hands of Madoffs and Haywards. This is a classic that everyone should read at least once in their lives. It is Lee’s only published work, but one that has a secured her a place in history that will be difficult to dislodge for many years to come. Nothing compares to the impact this book has had on its readers and modern literature.

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Set in the early 1900’s Lee has written for us a beautiful tale, the roots of which are buried in the then raging societal evil, racism. The story is narrated from the .. More details Set in the early 1900’s Lee has written for us a beautiful tale, the roots of which are buried in the then raging societal evil, racism. The story is narrated from the perspective of a little girl, Scout, she outlines her childhood filled with episodes of mystery and suspense. Be it Boo Radley her mentally challenged neighbor, or the legal case her father, Atticus, is defending. The latter being the central plot of the story, where Atticus is defending Tom, a black man accused of raping a white woman.

Scout indulges us in every incident in detail, and with the combination of her innocence and maturity, the readers get a great deal of insight into the racism situation prevalent back then. As Tom’s case thickens, it evokes a tremendous sense of sympathy for him and the community as a whole, making us question the role of injustice in life.

The story is smoothly interlaced with sub plots as well, to keep the readers mind fully occupied.
Although, narrated by a child, To Kill A Mockingbird holds immense truth within it to be read and enjoyed by adults as well. A true classic.
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