Title: To Kill a Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
Genre/Themes: Modern Classic, Historical Fiction, Childhood, Racism, Prejudice, Coming of Age
Blurb from Goodreads
The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it. “To Kill A Mockingbird” became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.
Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, “To Kill A Mockingbird” takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos.
Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal.
“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
The character of Scout lives deep within my heart forever.
I first read To Kill a Mockingbird when I was about 11 or 12, and it just changed me.
It’s amazing the way some books can really reach into our hearts and with Mockingbird, it was the character of Scout that spoke to me. I related to her spunky ways and that sort of tomboy-esque attitude she had as that was how I viewed myself at the time.
Through Scout and her eyes, I learned so much about humanity and myself. I grew from reading the book in the same way that Scout grew from her father Atticus’ teachings.
The book is filled with so much nuance about good and evil, equality and prejudice, dignity and respect, and is a damning indictment of racism.
Alas I simply do not possess the words to express how much I love this book. It’s just must read for EVERYONE!!!!
Love, love, love.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”