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Celebrating the American classic, this 50th anniversary edition of To Kill a Mockingbird lays down a seminal work centered on themes of racial and class inequalities, bringing to the fore the human spirit cloaked in courage and compassion.
Summary Of The Book
Atticus Finch lives in the fictional town of Maycomb in Alabama and as it is with the Deep South, the southern traditions of relations in race and gender are at the center of this masterpiece. His daughter, Scout is the narrator of the story and she lives with her widowed father and brother. To Kill A Mockingbird first explores the customs of the South, laying down all the quirks and foibles of the neighbors and people that Scout interacts with through her childhood days.
The story of how her brother Jem injured his arm at the elbow is what starts off Scott’s reminiscing journey. This leads them to point out that it was the Ewells who set off the entire string of events that brought about the unsavory incident. And this is what is at the heart of the novel. The narrative that is so delicately handled by Lee is insightful and intuitive.
Atticus is appointed by the court to defend a black man, Tom Robinson who has been accused of raping a white girl, Mayella. However the town doesn’t need a trial since they are steeped in prejudice against the coloured people and to them, Robinson is guilty of the crime.
However, Atticus defends Tom to the best of his ability that turns the residents of this otherwise sleepy town against him and his family members. For the most part, the townspeople engage in hurling insults at the middle-aged man, which is unacceptable to the sprightly Scout. She along with her brother and their friend, Dill manage to disperse the mob of people but the situation grows worse.
Will Tom Robinson serve time for a crime he did not commit and will Scout lose her love for the South as she had before? A poignantly simple tale of losing innocence and more to the law of society, To Kill a Mockingbird does more than just enlighten people.
Published in 1960, it won the Pulitzer Prize and became an indispensable part of American literature. It is the most widely read book dealing with the theme of race relations and has been adjudged as the “Best Novel of the 20th Century” by the Library Journal. The book was adapted into a film which won an Oscar award in 1962.
About Harper Lee
Nelle Harper Lee is an American author best known for her 1961 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Apart from this, she assisted Truman Capote in writing his non fiction novel, In Cold Blood. She has also written articles like Love - In Other Words, When Children Discover America, and Christmas to Me.
Lee was born in Alabama where she grew up amidst the Southern sensibilities which she so adeptly voices in To Kill a Mockingbird. She attended the University of Alabama. She worked in New York City as a ticket agent for Eastern Airlines before quitting her job to finally pursue her dream of writing. She went on to win the Presidential Medal of Freedom for this contribution to literature.
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Feb 5, 2016
A GOOD READ...
Jan 6, 2016
a decent novel
Oct 13, 2015
An amazing Narrative
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Dec 6, 2011
1. Those Days of innocence...2. Duped by Local BookstoreI have written two reviews in one.
Mar 2, 2014
A MUST READThe story is set in the quiet town of Maycomb, Alabama. It revolves around a family of 3- Atticus and his two children- Scout and Jem. this story is about the lessons Scout, a girl of 6, learned about people and about life. She learns four major lessons over the course of the book partly from Atticus and partly from her own experiences. These lessons are :-
Nov 1, 2013
If only I could give A BILLION STARS to this bookAll superlatives seem inadequate to say anything about this book..
Nov 10, 2013
Beautiful..It's sad that Harper Lee never wrote any other book in her life. She did help her friend in his (Capote), but I wish she'd had written more. She has a gift and it's sad that we will now never be able to read more from her (she has issues, keeps forgetting things, is very sick).
Oct 24, 2013
Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbirdI measure the 'classicness' of a book by the duration for which I remember the characters once I'm done reading the very last page.
Apr 4, 2012
Simply outstanding, beautifulThe author of this book wrote only one novel (which is this) and went into a hermetically sealed state, with not much of publicity or interviews or public interaction. Not hard to understand why, the novel speaks for itself, it's pure genius. It has a refreshing and fresh quality about it even though it's a tale about exploitation and its sordid ways. I've read a lot, but this novel touched in ways very few novels or stories have done or can do.
Nov 21, 2014
Not for me...Its first time I read a classic novel & I don't like this novel. Actually I am not a reader of classic novel. May be its a best classic novel but if u r not a classic novel reader then don't try any classic novel. Bcoz u will get bored. I get bored by reading this classic novel & I cant complete this book. Its my personal view.
Sep 6, 2014
A mus read book!!!This is a must read book!A really touching classic !!Away from the typical style of modern novels !!! truly an old classic Don't think before buying this book
Feb 20, 2014
"It is a sin to kill a mockingbird"an absolutely fantastic book, written from the eyes of a child. the innocent eyes of a child does not simply understand all the idiotic stuff we grown ups do. a must read to all who enjoy great storytelling.
Jul 9, 2013
A masterpiece. Every person should read this book before they die.This book is so simple,so lucid yet it touches your heart. Harper Lee won a Pulitzer for this one and she deserves it!!