'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 falsely 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.
Random House; July 2014
- ISBN: 9781473517714
- Read online, or download in secure ePub format
- Title: To Kill A Mockingbird
- Author: Harper Lee
Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
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About The Author
Harper Lee was born in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. She attended Huntington College and studied law at the University of Alabama. She is the author of the acclaimed novels To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and numerous other literary awards and honours. She died on 19 February 2016.
To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This an essential read for the American south social historian. Written to depict those differences between race that needed to be addressed in later decades. Equally it shows that during these embittered times of colour prejudice there were right-minded individuals who knew right from wrong what ever were the pressures from the norms of the day. This book belongs to that list of books that capture the gradual progress to equality but with a cost.
To kill a mockingbird
Great book and great service as usual
To kill a mockingbird
Great book. I'm glad I got it. Wonderfully creative and realistic.
We're killing mocking birds everyday
Loved the book. It's so updated that we could say it had been written yesterday. The conversation between Atticus and his children after the trial should be learned by heart in every school.
It was difficult for me to get into it at first because English isn't my mother tongue and the oral speech in writing raised some comprehension problems. After a while it became so enticing that I couldn't stop reading. Marvellous.
Such a pity that we're still killing mocking birds.