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To Kill a Mockingbird (book)

846 Ratings: 3.7
A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee published in 1960

The novel is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. The narrator's father, Atticus Finch, has served as a moral hero for many readers, and a model of integrity for lawyers. One critic … see full wiki

Author: Harper Lee
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: J. B. Lippincott & Co.
Date Published: July 11, 1960
133 reviews about To Kill a Mockingbird (book)
review by . March 09, 2011
Harper Lee's masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird revolves around the childhood of Scout and Jem Finch. Scout recalls the most important events of her life in those years: the quiet dignity of her father Atticus, her adventures with Jem and her friend Dill to sneak a peek at Boo Radley, and most of all the trial of Tom Robinson. Atticus must defend the innocent black man from charges of raping a white woman in the Alabama of the 1930's. In one summer, she grows up.    This novel …
review by . June 23, 2010
Harper Lee's novel is an iconic read that you will remember vividly from the day you read it. Set in the South where racism and prejudices still run rampant, the novel mainly focuses on Scout and Boo Radley, characters you are not likely to forget anytime soon. Scout, a rascally young girl, and Boo, her reclusive and mysterious neighbor, force the reader to reexamine their instant reactions and judgments of those they meet.      I first read this book as a high schooler …
review by . June 15, 2010
I was one of very few students in school who loved reading this as an assignment (though truthfully, I liked reading pretty much anything), this is the sort of book you can read over and over again. This book is interesting in that it covered a well addressed topic (racism) in a not so typical way. It really addressed all facets of what it meant to be white AND black in the South during a time when the legal system wasn't fair to blacks.      Reading this the first time …
Quick Tip by . April 12, 2011
While a bit on the plodding side, an important and inspiring read about one man's fight against racism.
review by . June 05, 2010
When I first read To Kill A Mockingbird, I was quite young and lived in the South in a town much like the one in the novel.  Albeit many years later, there was still the same feeling and still the same racism.  What Lee did was hit the very core of many small Southern towns, and in rereading the book a couple of years ago, it still resounds with me.      I also find it interesting that Harper Lee never really wrote another book.  Oh yes, she helped her friend, …
review by . July 21, 2010
I remember having to read this book for the first time my freshman year of high school in english class and being so moved by the story and even today, ten years later, it still stirs up so much emotion for me. Harper Lee's book, To Kill A Mockingbird, is a classic tale that is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago when it was published.  We would like to believe that so much has changed since then and that racial strife has disappeared, but sadly that is still not the case …
review by . June 14, 2010
Although most of us read Harper Lee's classic in high school, this is a must re-read as an adult.There is a reason that this book is extremely popular Lee's writing is so real and exact, it makes the characters come to life. To Kill a Mockingbird is such a quotable book. You will find yourself, once well versed in the story, quoting Atticus Finch along with Scout and others. "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside …
review by . June 10, 2010
If I had to choose five books to take to a desert island, this would be one of the five. One never tires of the story, the characters, and the lessons learned. It was written at the height of civil unrest and eloquently illustrates the need for reform between whites and African Americans. TKM is a story told through the eyes of a young girl living in the south with her father, brother, negro housekeeper, and for awhile, a difficult aunt. The girl in question is named Scout, her father Atticus …
Quick Tip by . December 29, 2010
Written a scant three years before Martin Luther King awed the world with his magnificent "I have a dream" speech, Harper Lee also stunned the world with this poignant story centered on the unconscionable treatment accorded to the black man in USA's Deep South.
Quick Tip by . December 29, 2010
A brilliant and moving novel that will never be forgotten regardless of how many years go by. Beautifully written by a sensitive and observant writer. Perhaps the finest novel about childhood written by someone not named Twain or Joyce.
Quick Tip by . December 11, 2010
Once a very pertinent and controversial book. It has not aged well, and the movie takes more than just a little away from a book already trying desperately to stay relevant. A very noble effort in both medias, but noble efforts of a different era.
review by . July 08, 2010
To Kill A Mockingbird was a mandatory reading when I was in high school. I actually enjoyed having to read this book. I have also seen the movie which made it easier for me to understand some parts. While reading this book I would get confused or wonder why something happened but after reading the next chapter you figure out very crazy things. I don't want to give details in case someone would like to read this book but hasn't yet. I would completely recommend it. It reminds me of mystery …
Quick Tip by . October 07, 2010
Classic and powerful novel. Although the laws have changed, the attitudes are still there and make this book important.
review by . July 19, 2010
Reading this novel took me through a wide range of emotions, not just anger, but intense anger among them. Looking back ,the things people did back then were truly amazing. It's not an excuse but sometimes people just don't know better or are just doing what they were taught. And to think some of this happens in present day.   I would recommend this book to high school students in the same way it was introduced to me. That was the right time …
Quick Tip by . October 04, 2010
A classic for a reason, Harper Lee's book is a masterpiece.
Quick Tip by . September 23, 2010
A story about human behaviour - kindness and cruelty; bigotry, hatred and prejudice versus acceptance and friendship; humour and pathos in the presence of sadness and dejection. Fifty years after its initial publication in 1960, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD has proven it deserves its place in anyone's list of the finest American classic literature ever written.
review by . July 14, 2010
I had to read this book for english class in high school a few years ago and it was very interesting and definitely kept my interest throughout, because the story actually has a lot going on instead of like some other books where the plot takes like an entire half of the book to even get started. I recommend this book to high school students because it has a lot of good moral lessons and universal themes that anybody can relate to. The setting of this book is in Alabama during the great Depression. …
Quick Tip by . September 15, 2010
Great writing, great characters, a story that you will always remember
Quick Tip by . August 25, 2010
A masterpiece! This is one of my favorite books. It is so good that the author never attempted to repeat its success.
Quick Tip by . August 16, 2010
Have loved this book since I read it in school in the 1960's
Quick Tip by . August 12, 2010
A must read for any literature majors,or for those who enjoy experiencing the various aspects of the human animal
review by . June 10, 2010
What was your emotional reaction as you read? Why?       Satisfied Who would you recommend this reading to and why?       Yes, teaches you lessons of life. Very inspirational Consider the setting.       Southern state during the great depression Consider the story/plot.        Consider character development.        Consider themes and motifs.      …
Quick Tip by . August 08, 2010
This is one of those classic novels, dealing with social justice. It's worth the read just for the on-the-porch moment at Boo Radley's house at the end.
Quick Tip by . August 06, 2010
How can you NOT love this book? It's pretty much required reading to enter the adult world.
Quick Tip by . August 06, 2010
This is a classic of American literature and still engaging today.
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