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To Kill a Mockingbird (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)
Harper Lee's classic novel of a lawyer in the Deep South defending a black man charged with the rape of a white girl.
One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has earned many distinctions since its original publication in 1960. It won the Pulitzer Prize, has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worl...more
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While he was alive, I wished my father more heroic, but I was a boy with a shallow understanding of courage. Worst of all, my father told self-effacing stories like the one about a drunken Marine who sneered at him. “I bet I co...more
I think that To Kill A Mockingbird has such a prominent place in (American) culture because it is a naive, idealistic piece of writing in which naivete and idealism are ultimately rewarded. It's a saccharine, rose-tinted eulogy for the nineteen thirties from an orator who comes not...more
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6.0 stars. I know I am risking a serious “FILM AT 11” moment and a club upside the head from Captain Obvious for voicing this, but nabbit dog I still think it needs to be said…TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is one of the BEST and MOST IMPORTANT American novels ever written. Okay, I said it, and I will wait patiently while you get your DUHs and DERs out of the way and hang your “no shit” signs outside for Inspector Holmes.
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I love this book and this idea of reading being like breathing. As Scout did, I read early too, and often. Every night before bed I would read and still do. I saw a Twilight Zone Episode once where the main character loved to read and only wanted to be left alone to do so. After falling asleep in the vault of the bank where he worked, he awoke to a post-disaster world where only he was left. He busily gat...more
A wonderful piece of literature, great characters, plot and prose. There is sadness and happiness, racism and equality, immaturity and maturity, injustice and redemption.
Atticus is a man we could all love and look up to a grounded just and fair man he sees beyond race and finds the goodness in people. His cook Calpurnia Is honest good black lady who you just gotta love in this story, she works for a nice family who are about to go through some obstacles and testing times.
A lot of the story is t...more
The book follows three years in the life of Scout Finch, her brother Jem, their father Atticus, and their fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, in the era of the Great Depression. The first half of the novel focuses mainly on Scout and Jem's child...more
Not only was To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee's only novel, at one point she nearly destroyed it. That would have been a terrible loss, for - coming from an insular, white-New England upbringing - this book was a game changer for me and my young outlook on life and race relations. Having read it as a youth, it's coming-of-age or loss-of-innocence theme spoke to me while the idea of equal rights fo...more
A side issue, I can at times hate preachy, self righteous, or PC books. This book carries it’s moral compass proudly and does it well. Atticus Finch, is in many ways the man I wish I was.
I love this book and could not tell you how many times I’ve read it. Don't miss this book...for whatever reason. This is THE AMERICAN NOVEL.
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.-- Atticus Finch”
Harper Lee, born 1926, 86
When Harper Lee published To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960 a few well known Southern authors had a few tart things to say about it....more
Each time I read this book, a different “universal truth” jumps out at me. When I was younger, I pondered the themes of prejudice, kindness, and dignity that run through the book, but now that I’m considerably older, what stuck out to me this time were the themes of innocence, and loss of innocence running through the whole book.
This reading I was particularly caught by the child-like perspective that the book gives each of the events. From the ki...more
تشرح الرواية بطريقة غير مباشرة اختيار هذا العنوان ليكون مناسبا لها، رغم أنه لا يوحي بشكل مباشر بأحداثها
"والدك على حق، فالعصافير الساخرة لا تفعل شيئاً سوى أنها تعزف لنا الموسيقى لنستمتع بها. إنها لا تأكل حدائق الناس، ولا تعشعش في اهراءات الذرة، ولا تفعل شيئاً سوى أنها تغني حتى تفني قلوبها من أجلنا. لذا فإن قتل العصفور الساخر خطيئة."
وقد ارتكبت هذه الخطيئة لما قتل توم روبنسون بتهمة و...more
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Membaca halaman awal buku cerita setebal 533 halaman ini, benar-benar sebuah upaya yang tidak ringan. Tidak terlalu paham apa yang dimaksud penulisnya, tapi biarlah, tetap saja dibaca halaman demi halamannya, mungkin nanti juga akan mengerti.
Cerita ini dikisahkan dari sudut pandang Scout, seorang gadis tomboy berusia 7...more
Ms. Lee said she wanted to be the Jane Austen of Southern Alabama. Instead, with one novel, she has caused readers everywhere to enlarge their...more
يالمأزق الكتابة عن الكتب المطروقة، تشعر بأنك وفي أي لحظة ستعيد كلام أحدهم، ستتعثر بكلماته وأفكاره، تشعر بصعوبة البحث عن صوتك، وكتابة شيء أصيل، تقول فيه ما لم يقل بعد.
ويالمأزق قراءة هذه الكتب ابتداءً، فحتى لو كنت لا تعرف تفاصيلها، إلا أن ما قيل وما كتب عنها عالق في ذهنك، يكاد يوجه انتباهك، بحيث يغدو النص كما قيل، لا كما يجب أن تقرؤه.
وفي هذه الرواية تبرز موضوعة (ثيمة) العنصرية بشكل ظاهر، بحيث تستولي على كل حديث أو مراجعة عن الكتاب، رغم أن العنصرية كموضوعة لا تشغل إلا النصف...more
After my second read-through of the novel (some parts independently and some parts at school) I've really realized just how amazing this book is. I actually got teary-eyed quite a few times. Lee infuses tremendous writing technique with a story so real, raw, and damaging that it just left me irreversibly changed. There is no question why schools teach lessons with this novel; it's just... amazing. My heart is still aching and rooting for...more
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Quando ho preso questo romanzo in libreria non avevo grandi aspettative. Sì, ne avevo sentito parlar bene – addirittura benissimo – da molti. Alle superiori ce lo avevano raccomandato. Il film (con quel sant’uomo di Gregory Peck) ha vinto svariati premi Oscar. Eppure, non lo so, non sentivo di averc...more
It's funny how things can change. I recall really liking this book the first time I read it back in about 8th grade. Maybe I should have just left well enough alone. It was a pleasant memory from my youth. Why spoil things by picking it up again as a more clear-sighted (some might say jaundiced)adult? I probably wouldn't view my favorite bo...more