To Kill A Mockingbird Book – Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird book is one of America’s well loved classics. Praised by many, this book which I hardly could imagine had been written like 50 years ago still brings strong influence to the readers today and perhaps will continue to be. This Pulitzer Award (1961) winning book by Harper Lee has even made another classic film adored by many Americans to which many high school and other literature students continues to watch. This best seller is perhaps a must read for all high school students and other lovers of the American Literature.

The story of the book by Harper Lee brings you to the simple living of the south. It tells us of the roots and the revealing of the moral crisis of the southern town. Scout, the narrator of the story is told to be strong and with humor introduces us to the story by drawing us to imagine a cataclysmic moral crisis. The characters are strong and as well as believably comparable to real living people – obviously shows the masterful craft of Harper Lee.

As I have read To Kill A Mockingbird book, it surely has made me remember my childhood as Harper Lee uses lines kids often use. The book depicts a reality on childhood and innocence, prejudice, racism, and keeping the belief of what is right – To Kill A Mockingbird is truly an American Classic and history.

Readers’ Review

 

My 8th grader needed this for her literature class. The book came right on time and in good condition. Both my daughter & husband read it and they both agreed it should be read by everyone!

The characters are well defined. The storyline pull you straight back to another time.

– B. Wickey

I heard so many good things about this book and I wanted to read it for so long, so I guess it made my expectations unrealistically high. So I might have been slightly too harsh with the 4 star rating.

The writing is simple and yet beautiful; the characters are very loveable and well developed. Harper managed to convey the feeling of a small Southern town brilliantly, as well as the hardship of black people during the 1930s, and the white people who tried to fight an unjust system.

– Erez Davidi

The first time I read To Kill a Mockingbird I found myself glued to it. I did not want to put it down until I finished, The prime character in it was a lawyer who was extremely ethical. He took on a case with a black man, when the South was entirely Jim Crow. He put his life on the line to defend him. This is a very worthwhile book and is full of decent values.

– Barbara Charis

 

Snippet : To Kill A Mockingbird

When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. When it healed, and Jem’s fears of never being able to play football were assuaged, he was seldom self-conscious about his injury. His left arm was somewhat shorter than his right; when he stood or walked, the back of his hand was at right angles to his body,
his thumb parallel to his thigh. He couldn’t have cared less, so long as he could pass and punt.

When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back on them, we sometimes discussed the events leading to his accident. I maintain that the Ewells started it all, but Jem, who was four years my senior, said it started long before that. He said it began the summer Dill came to us, when Dill first gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out. I said if he wantedto take a broad view of the thing, it really began with Andrew Jackson. If General Jackson hadn’t run the Creeks up the creek, Simon Finch would never have paddled up the Alabama, and where would we be if he hadn’t? We were far too old to settle an argument with a fist-fight, so we consulted Atticus. Our father said we
were both right.

Being Southerners, it was a source of shame to some members of the family that we had no recorded ancestors on either side of the Battle of Hastings. All we had was Simon Finch, a fur-trapping apothecary from Cornwall whose piety was exceeded only by his stinginess. In England, Simon was irritated by the persecution of those who called themselves Methodists at the hands of their more liberal brethren, and as Simon called himself a Methodist, he worked his way
across the Atlantic to Philadelphia, thence to Jamaica, thence to Mobile, and up the Saint Stephens. Mindful of John Wesley’s strictures on the use of many words in buying and selling, Simon made a pile practicing medicine, but in this pursuit he was unhappy lest he be tempted into doing what he knew was not for the glory of God, as the putting on of gold and costly apparel. So Simon, having forgotten his teacher’s dictum on the possession of human chattels, bought three slaves and with their aid established a homestead on the banks of the Alabama River some forty miles above Saint Stephens. He returned to Saint Stephens only once, to find a wife, and with her established a line that ran high to daughters. Simon lived to animpressive age and died rich.

It was customary for the men in the family to remain on Simon’s homestead, Finch’s Landing, and make their living from cotton. The place was self-sufficient: modest in comparison with the empires around it, the Landing nevertheless produced everything required to sustain life except ice, wheat flour, and articles of clothing, supplied by river-boats from Mobile.

Simon would have regarded with impotent fury the disturbance between the North and the South, as it left his descendants stripped of everything but their land, yet the tradition of living on the land remained unbroken until well into the twentieth century, when my father, Atticus Finch, went to Montgomery to read law, and his younger
brother went to Boston to study medicine. Their sister Alexandra was the Finch who remained at the Landing: she married a taciturn man who spent most of his time lying in a hammock by the river wondering if his trot-lines were full.

When my father was admitted to the bar, he returned to Maycomb and began his practice. Maycomb, some twenty miles east of Finch’s Landing, was the county seat of Maycomb County. Atticus’s office in the courthouse contained little more than a hat rack, a spittoon, a checkerboard and an unsullied Code of Alabama. His first two clients were the last two persons hanged in the Maycomb County jail. Atticus had urged them to accept the state’s generosity in allowing them to plead Guilty to second-degree murder and escape with their lives, but they were Haverfords, in Maycomb County a name synonymous with jackass. The Haverfords had dispatched Maycomb’s leading blacksmith in a misunderstanding arising from the alleged wrongful detention of a mare, were imprudent enough to do it in the presence of three witnesses, and insisted that the-son-of-a-bitch-had-it-coming-to-him was a good enough defense for anybody. They persisted in pleading Not Guilty to first-degree murder, so there was nothing much Atticus could do for his clients except be present at their departure, an occasion that was probably the beginning of my father’s profound distaste for the practice of criminal law.

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