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To Kill A Mockingbird [School & Library Binding]

Harper Lee
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Oct. 1 1988 088103052X 978-0881030525
"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird". This is a lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of the story - a black man charged with raping a white girl in the 1930s.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.... 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."

Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus--three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman. Though her story explores big themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child. The result is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice, and the pain of growing up.

Like the slow-moving occupants of her fictional town, Lee takes her time getting to the heart of her tale; we first meet the Finches the summer before Scout's first year at school. She, her brother, and Dill Harris, a boy who spends the summers with his aunt in Maycomb, while away the hours reenacting scenes from Dracula and plotting ways to get a peek at the town bogeyman, Boo Radley. At first the circumstances surrounding the alleged rape of Mayella Ewell, the daughter of a drunk and violent white farmer, barely penetrate the children's consciousness. Then Atticus is called on to defend the accused, Tom Robinson, and soon Scout and Jem find themselves caught up in events beyond their understanding. During the trial, the town exhibits its ugly side, but Lee offers plenty of counterbalance as well--in the struggle of an elderly woman to overcome her morphine habit before she dies; in the heroism of Atticus Finch, standing up for what he knows is right; and finally in Scout's hard-won understanding that most people are essentially kind "when you really see them." By turns funny, wise, and heartbreaking, To Kill a Mockingbird is one classic that continues to speak to new generations, and deserves to be reread often. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Starred Review. Lee's beloved American classics makes its belated debut on audio (after briefly being available in the 1990s for the blind and libraries through Books on Tape) with the kind of classy packaging that may spoil listeners for all other audiobooks. The two CD slipcases housing the 11 discs not only feature art mirroring Mary Schuck's cover design but also offers helpful track listings for each disk. Many viewers of the 1962 movie adaptation believe that Lee was the film's narrator, but it was actually an unbilled Kim Stanley who read a mere six passages and left an indelible impression. Competing with Stanley's memory, Spacek forges her own path to a victorious reading. Spacek reads with a slight Southern lilt and quiet authority. Told entirely from the perspective of young Scout Finch, there's no need for Spacek to create individual voices for various characters but she still invests them all with emotion. Lee's Pulitzer Prize–winning 1960 novel, which quietly stands as one of the most powerful statements of the Civil Rights movement, has been superbly brought to audio. Available as a Perennial paperback. (Aug.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected Delight ! Sept. 8 2012
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This is not my usual genre book , to start off with. Ive heard of this book a few times over the years and decided I was going to read some of the classics this year. I had no idea what the book was about ,I just started reading it. Even though the book was written as if it were from a kids perspective , I was amazed at the direction the reading took me. There are a lot of mixed emotions you will experience in this book and In my case even some permanent thought changing effects. The focus character would be the kids father who is named Atticus. He is a very mature , moral icon and could be used as a standard of shaping the readers character (at least some considerations).
5 stars. Conclusion , A good read which should be read by people with any genre specifications.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good Feb. 11 2013
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I read this book for school. Its actually a good book. Gives you perspective. you have more understanding how life was back then.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read Jan. 26 2013
By Jeannot
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I really enjoyed reading this book. Eventhough it goes at a low pace, the subject itself is good. A story told through the eyes of a child, in the time were prejudice and injustice are strong; it's worth its price and the time put in to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To Kill a Mockingbrd May 3 2012
By jean
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I bought it for my sister as she had never read it and I feel that it is a book that everyone should read at least once. I have read it many times and cried every time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Seminal Classic Nov. 22 2013
By Murray
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is a seminal classic, and earth shaking. The book was, in it's time, a prophetic voice speaking against racism in the southern USA. It won the Pulitzer Prize for literature. And it is still a magnificent and excellent book to read and still morally pertinent.

The story is told from a child's eye view and it is about growing up in a small town. A black man is accused of raping a white women and he is obviously wrongfully convicted. The court case puts the intuitional racism of that society on trial. The Mockingbird is an allegory of the people who die in the story. The Mockingbird mimics or sings the songs of other birds. In the story a few people sing the song of that society (As such they represent it) and die. And there is an attempted murder on the narrator who sings the most.

The characters are enduring and it not only brings you back to the innocence of childhood, but challenges you with the injustice of hatred. This book is set in a time and place, but the issues of racism, hypocrisy, and injustice are universal. Pick up and read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful on so many levels Oct. 26 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had to read this for English class in late high school in Australia. It was the first text we studied that I (and the rest of the class) didn't detest by the end of several weeks of analysis and essays. It's just genuinely an entertaining read, with a surprising amount of humour amongst its beautiful passages. I recently re-read this book, and enjoyed it even more than I did 13 years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tightly written with a message for everyone Oct. 10 2013
By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER
Harper Lee was encouraged to write some of her childhood memories. What in the beginning seems like the story of three childhood friends in depression era Macomb, Alabama, turns out to be packed with insights to the makeup of human kind.

This story is intriguing on many levels from the history of the area to the stereotyping of people. Most of all every turn was a surprise as told in the first person from the view of Scout Finch. And instead of telling the story in a six year old vocabulary she uses an exceptionally large repertoire to describe the people and events. This story is not as slow passed as one may guess from first glance as every remark and every action will be needed for a future action.

A major controversial part of the story is the trial of Tom Robinson. Hoverer this is just a catalyst to help Scout understand the nature of people including her father Atticus and you will find that as important as it is it is just a part of the story with other major characters such as Arthur "Boo" Radley.

Even thought it appears that Scout is the recipient of the insights, I believe we the reader is the real recipient.

I can truly say that this book has changed my outlook in life.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best North American literature - period. Aug. 16 2013
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One of the most popular American novels. Harper Lee paints a picture of her home and society in the south as few others have or could. Better than Huckleberry Finn, Of Mice and Men, Grapes of Wrath. And those titles are among the best of the best. Words are Ms. Lee's paint brushes, life her subject, and the novel her canvas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest
So glad my grandson actually asked to read it. He has some sort of reading problem we haven't completely solved. This is the only book he has read and loved and he's only 13.
Published 2 months ago by Colleen Chauvin
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
good used condition, impressed. Saw the movie and the book is just as great. Highly recommended. Would purchase more books
Published 4 months ago by Debbie Blais
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes!
I believe To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the finest novels ever written. This the reading of the complete book. The narrator is wonderful.
Published 7 months ago by Patricia A. Mcclellan
1.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Disappointed
Misleading. Insufficient instruction on how to properly kill a mockingbird. Despite my best efforts, this book has failed to kill my mockingbird.
Published 7 months ago by Jumila
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it before, I'd read it again
Important work of fiction that shows great depth of the history of human rights. It's included in the grade 9 curriculum in English for a reason.
Published 11 months ago by Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality of the early 20th century
It's hard to put this book into words. In fact, I have written and subsequently deleted two reviews so far. Not that my reviews are warranted... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading
Everyone should read this book - it has loads of good advice in it for everyone. I shall save it for my grandchildren.
Published 11 months ago by Solara
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Favorite
After reading this book, it became one of my all time favorite stories, and I just had to have it. So glad that it is part of my collection.
Published 12 months ago by Stevie
5.0 out of 5 stars live it
This has always been my favorite book. I identify with Scout and her relationship to Jem. Harper Lee wrote in such a way that any age could read it and enjoy it. Read more
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