Thursday, July 12, 2007

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Rating: 10/10

Published: 1960
Number of Pages: 309
ISBN: 0099419785

Started: 8 January 2007
Finished: 12 January 2007

Summary (taken from blurb):

'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of this enchanting classic - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl.

Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties.

The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man's struggle for justice.

But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.

This is one of my favourite books. The characters are beautifully written and the story is funny, touching and heart-rending. The story is told from Scout's point of view, as a woman looking back on her childhood. I very highly recommend this book. The movie, starring Gregory Peck, is also wonderful.

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