To Kill a Mockingbird
By Harper Lee
‘Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a Mockingbird.’ Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, the author explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties.Tweet
I remembered reading this at school but when I reread it recently with my book club I was blow away. I loved it and became very engaged with all of the main characters and cared about what the book had in store for each of them.
Amazing book! Very thought provoking and well written with believable characters. Could not put it down.
Extremely well-written. It's a story which has become universal. A case is judged: a young black man is accused of the rape of a young woman. The pressure mounts for the defending lawyer and her family.
Excellent. Harper Lee is one of those rare writers who knows how children think. The novel shows the remarkable contrast between the view that pure and innocent children have of the world and the view that adults corrupted by "civilisation" have.
I strongly recommend it. Besides being a very intelligent novel, it is also very amusing.
I came across this book in a library and I bought it as my mother and father had read it when they were younger and they said it was "one of those books you have to read". Once I had started reading it, I couldn't stop. It tells the tale of a small county in Alabama called Maycomb. This small county is ripe with racism. There are three main families that live in this county; The Finches, the Radleys and the Ewells. The story is told through the eyes of a young girl called Jean-Louise Finch, or Scout for short. She is the sister of Jeremy Finch(Jem), and daughter of a wise lawyer called Atticus Finch, who is the defendant of a young black man called Tom Robinson. Tom has been accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell, but everyone knows this man is innocent because the evidence is all there. The question is, will the judge and jury mend their ways, or will they kill a mockingbird and put an innocent man to death? Along with the main story, there are lots of other small stories, including a story about an old woman called Mrs Dubose, who seems horrible at first, but who's character is misunderstood, as you find out at the end. This is a very mature book and i would only recommend it to avid readers. In conclusion, To kill a Mockingbird is one of my all-time favourite books so i have given it 5 stars.