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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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Aug 31, 2011

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Alison Moore I'd been meaning to read this book for about 45 years, and have finally done so, prompted by its reissue to mark its 50th anniversary. I really enjoyed it - much cosier and less 'gritty' than I'd been expecting., and this discrepancy between what I'd been expecting and how I actually related to the text raised some questions for me. Is some of its popularity based on the way the author aligns the child narrator's innocent and 'naive' perception of ethical behaviour with middle-class white liberal sensibilities? The book was written nearly 30 years after the period it portrays, and came out when the civil rights movement was in full swing, and I wonder of perhaps the author has used a device all too common in historical fiction, of making her protagonist appear wise by attributing to her attitudes and/or knowledge that only became common currency years after the event.

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