‘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 Harper Lee’s classic novel – 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 1930s. 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.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and a sublime example of the Southern writing tradition.
Oh my…. This book proved to me that I have the BIGGEST preconceptions when it comes to reading. I grumbled a bit when it was chosen by book club and even suggested we should watch the movie instead, popcorn, wine…. you can see the appeal.
The fact is I had NO IDEA what ‘To kill a Mockingbird’ was about and it was COMPULSIVE reading. Children growing up in the American South, dealing with racial tension and bigoted ideas. Their father is a lawyer in the town and has to deal with crooked cases and public opinion. In one way society has come so far and yet…. yes this book gives SOOO much food for thought. A real page turner.
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Arrow; The 50th Anniversary edition edition (24 Jun. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099549484
- ISBN-13: 978-0099549482