To Kill a Mockingbird

Paperback

English language

4 stars (340 reviews)

2 editions

Review of 'Harper Lee' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Like literally every other child in the United States (maybe elsewhere?), I had to read this for school and I don't think I really appreciated it or understood a lot of what was going on behind the scenes when I did so. I remember liking the book a lot when I read it, but before revisiting it I'm not sure I could point to exactly why that was. I read the chapters, checked the boxes, took the quiz, and apparently walked away with a memory of really enjoying the book.

I'm incredibly glad I revisited it as an adult, because there was just so much I didn't pick up on as a kid, I'm sure. I really appreciated reading about the complex racial issues here through the literal eyes of a child, especially as we got to follow them growing up in years and in maturity. I liked that the …

Review of 'Harper Lee' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

What a remarkable novel.

The stoy written from the point of view of a little girl,
Scout, takes the reader back to the start of 30s in Alabama.
The main plot is about a lawsuit against a black man
who has been accused raping a woman, and Scouts father
defending him.
I liked the book on many levels. First of all it is
a plea for humanism and equality.
But it has it strengths in many other aspects as well.
For instance Scout, a wild little girl, growing
up and learning about the world with its
social norms and rules. By that, her unprejudiced view allows
her to reveal conflicting behaviour of people.
Her father Atticus is characterised as such a calm and
honest person. He has so much empathy, especially for
his kids who he treats like grown ups. But also for
people who act racist or begrudgin against …

Review of 'Harper Lee' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Reread this in 2015 in preparation for Go Set a Watchman but now that I know that Watchman is the first draft of Mockingbird (and that the early reviews have nothing good to say about it) I'm glad I reread this and may just stop there. I remembered unconditionally loving this book when I read it the first time in high school, and while my burning love has dimmed a little, I still wouldn't want to ruin it with how bad Watchman seems to be.

Review of 'Harper Lee' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I must admit, I saw the superb 1960s film adaptation with Gregory Peck well before I read the book. But I had been aware of the books reputation and it's much loved status; it was just a book I hadn't "gotten round to" yet.

I now regret how long it took me to finally start this book. It really is a wonderful, richly drawn and warmly written story. Harper Lee is obviously a great observer of human nature, and every single character (without exception) in the book is believable and interesting. Lee manages to weave a beautiful and engaging story which manages to be both humorous and thought provoking, and truly captures the loss of childhood innocence. The narrative is supberb, and the clever mixture of perspective of 6 year old Scout with the reflections of her older self works very well.

This is an exceptional book and deserves it's …

Review of 'Harper Lee' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

We've made it this way for them, they might as well learn to cope with it.

In addition to this book being a literary classic, I am sort of impressed I didn't know anything about it. I was able to read this book without any spoilers or preconceived notions about characters, which was refreshing for a book as well read as this.

The southern community of Maycomb was a character in and amongst the town and country folk. I liked the world that Lee created and how a sleepy town was awakening during a time where notions on racism were being challenged. I found this story highly entertaining and am glad to have finally gotten around to reading such a classic.

Review of 'Harper Lee' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Everyone loved it. The only quibble was that Atticus was maybe too good to be true.

The discussion ranged far afield. From how mental illness is viewed (assuming that that's what Boo's problem was) to growing up in a small town rather than a city. The teachers among us lamented that great books can get tedious when you're teaching it year after year (and you start to notice the flaws after a while). We thought that the Missionary Society tea party was particularly well written, and that the revered Reverend J. Grimes Everett was most probably a charlatan (a televangelist before TV), which segued into how Catholic children used to save their dimes to 'buy' pagan babies.

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Subjects

  • Young Adult
  • Racism
  • Injustice