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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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it was amazing

This is Clark Kent's favorite book, and it's not hard to see why. Mockingbird is an enjoyable read from start to finish, and the central message packs a gut punch. The racial divide is certainly a major part of the book, but the real message is about understanding others, especially those who are different. "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." That quote becomes true several times throughout the book. Atticus is a moral exemplar, even if the book hints that he might be slightly too optimistic about human nature.

I also appreciated the way that Harper Lee combines humor, "Southern gothic" weirdness, and serious religious and moral questions all in a straight-forward and readable novel. If you read this in school, it's probably time to read it again. One of the best.
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Reading Progress

June 10, 2011 – Shelved
July 28, 2016 – Started Reading
July 28, 2016 –
page 56
17.28% "Really well written. I can pick up on some problematic religious-philosophical ideas, but it's still a pleasure to read."
August 2, 2016 –
page 178
August 8, 2016 – Finished Reading

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