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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (Modern Critical Interpretations)

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Featuring a new introduction by the author, this specially packaged, popularly priced hardcover edition of an American classic (with more than 30 million copies sold) celebrates the 35th anniversary of its original publication.
Hardcover, 150 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Chelsea House Publications (first published 1960)
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I met Atticus Finch the year my father died. My father was kind, soft-spoken, and courteous. Like Atticus, “he did not do the things our schoolmates’ fathers did: he never went hunting, he did not play poker or fish, or drink or smoke. He sat in the living room and read.”

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
If I could give this no stars, I would. This is possibly one of my least favorite books in the world, one that I would happily take off of shelves and stow in dark corners where no one would ever have to read it again.

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
Why is it when I pick up To Kill A Mockingbird , I am instantly visited by a sensory memory: I’m walking home, leaves litter the ground, crunching under my feet. I smell the smoke of fireplaces and think about hot cider and the wind catches and my breath is taken from me and I bundle my coat tighter against me and lift my head to the sky, no clouds, just a stunning blue that hurts my eyes, another deep breath and I have this feeling that all is okay.

Why? Why this memory? I mean, this takes pla

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.

Okay, now given the gruntload of reviews/ratings this book has I know I’m not the f
Jan 25, 2008 Denise rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Denise by: Bookgroup
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“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”(p. 20)

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

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
Lit Bug
Nov 06, 2013 Lit Bug rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
In the course of 5 years, I’ve read this book nearly 17 times. That adds up to reading it once at least every 4 months, on an average. And I still return to this book like a bark seeking a lighthouse in the dark. When I first finished it, I was so overwhelmed by how much I related to it, I read it nearly 8 times before the year ended. By now I’ve memorized almost every scene and I still can’t shake off the feeling that I still have to learn a lot from it. Over the years, I realize that without k ...more
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.

Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird is an undisputed classic that few will avoid having read in their lifetime, and those few are to be pitied. As I habe presentation of the novel coming up this weekend, a discussion group that I am lucky enough to be allowed to lead as part of the The Big Read here in Holland, Michigan, I felt it necessary to revisit
I read this book a long time ago, when I was ten years old. I remembered nothing from it except thinking it was really, really good. And here I am, thirteen years later. I picked it up again because I was curious about what my reaction would be to it now.

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
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Jul 15, 2014 Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Idealists, or just plain lovers of a good yarn
Recommended to Florence (Lefty) by: Kelly
I avoided reading this, wary of all the hype, seen the movie - so if you’re one of the few who hasn’t read it I promise not to harass you by proclaiming that ‘you must!’ If the mood ever strikes though I bet you’ll love it. What convinced me was when a young interracial couple I know had their 1st child and she insisted on naming him Atticus. At first her husband hated the name, that is until he read the book... Then his enthusiasm was so infectious it got to me, that and curiosity. Why does it ...more
To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee's Novel of Integrity and Duty in the Face of Intolerance and Injustice

“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.
Jason Koivu
If the total output of your entire career should include only one thing, make it something special.

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
Aug 05, 2007 Rishi rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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Mike (the Paladin)
This rates possibly as my favorite novel. It has no down side. Wonderfully written, amazing characters (based on reality), and marvelously readable.

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.

Update: 5/30/2012

Read an
Notes from an academic discussion about the book:

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
أول ما يلفت انتباهك في هذه الرواية عنوانها...والذي ترجم بأكثر من طريقة...أن تقتل طائرا محاكيا...لا تقتل عصفورا ساخرا

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
May 08, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: incipient osmosis of popular culture
It’s nice to finally read a classic novel. It’s off the pile, you’ve read it and it’s done and now you’ve joined the ranks of many millions of people all over the world who have enjoyed it, considered it and perhaps been influenced or improved by the very act of reading such a masterful work of 20th Century literature. This kind of book comes with a free added bonus of a sense of achievement.

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those books which is a part of modern literary culture for good reason; t
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
This book is one of the best books I've ever read. It has so many layers. It is an excellent coming of age book that deals with the issues of racism, injustice, intolerance, and bigotry so eloquently. It also shows the love between a father and his children, and the true meaning of courage. It's a shame that Harper Lee only wrote this one book. But at least she hit the ball out of the park with this one book. Atticus Finch is one of my all time favorite heroes.
Hasna Diana
Buku ini akan menjadi buku fave-ku sepanjang masa.. TOP BGT! Serasa sudah lama banget ga ketemu buku yang bagus, tapi baca buku ini, mengobati rasa kehilangan itu.. alhamdulillah..

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
'Hey, Boo' are two of the most perfect words in literature because they salute the "other" we all are asked to fold into our awareness. This is a universal, a spiritual truth that humans have the capacity to experience in life, and Harper Lee tapped it in Scout's salutation to Arthur Radley in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. What are we to do with those unlike us?

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
As I said before, what a wonderful book. The characters are so well written and the setting actually seems to come to life in my mind. The tug of right and wrong on Scout as she grows through childhood in the deep South includes learning issues of race in day to day living. Having a father like Atticus means that lessons will be learned in a different way, not through books, but through actions. Scout and Jem see what their father and other townspeople do from day to day in reaction to life's ch ...more
لا تقتل عصفوراً ساخراً

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
I have read the book many years ago and watched the movie twice - also too long ago. I always wanted to read this book again. I was hoping to read it before 2014 was running out and now it happened. I dreaded the moment, but just had to do it.
Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square. Somehow it was hotter then: a black dog suffered on a summers day;
This is the story of the motherless Finch Family of Maycomb, Alabama, in 1934-35. The father is an attorney assigned by the local court to represent a black man alleged to have raped a white woman. The novel’s achievement, I think, is to tell this rich story solely through the “lens” of Jean Louise Finch, aka Scout, who is eight years of age through most of the action. As in Henry James’s What Maisie Knew, the diction tells us that the intelligence behind the narration is that of a more mature p ...more
Dec 08, 2014 Ariana marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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
My second reading of this amazing book, read for my December bookclub meeting, I definitely appreciated the writing style and story more the second time around. I love most of the characters in this book; how could you not fall in love with Scout? In my opinion, she is one of the best book characters ever. It's fascinating to see her grow in her understanding of the world around her, and also to see how she struggles with her "unladylike" ways.

The first time I read this book, I was impressed by
The following was a review I wrote April 1. I've since come to view it in a different light, and now believe it's one of the finest books ever written.

April 1

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
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Bloom is a literary critic, and currently a Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University. Since the publication of his first book in 1959, Bloom has written more than 20 books of literary criticism, several books discussing religion, and one novel. He has edited hundreds of anthologies.
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“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.” 11381 likes
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