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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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Apr 23, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: boston-20s-and-30s, african-american, fiction, southern

A highly effective gem of a novel that touches upon themes of racial inequality, class, Southern culture in the late Depression era, and growing up and learning about respect and life. While the novel is highly episodic, and uneven formally, the characters of Atticus, Jean Louise, Jem, are all so real and vivid, real characters with highly mature voices that belie their ages (esp. the children).

That said, it's hard to fairly evaluate a book that has taken such an iconic place in American literature. It's a bit like trying to hear Beethoven's 5th Symphony anew: it's difficult to listen to the work outside of how it's been co-opted by contemporary (and not-so-contemporary) culture.

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Reading Progress

April 20, 2012 – Started Reading
April 23, 2012 – Shelved
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April 24, 2012 – Finished Reading

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