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To Kill a Mockingbird The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960 It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award winning film also a classicCompassionate dramatic and deeply moving To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior to innocence and experience kindness and cruelty love and hatred humor and pathos Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature I’m not going to do my usual thing where I’d try to explain what I liked about this book Normally I would try to convince you why you should read it I would speak about how important this book is and what message it could impart to its readers around the world I would even say how it affected me personally Today I’m not going to do that Instead I will simply say that I loved this book I loved its characters I loved its plot And I loved the elouent way in which Harper Lee wrote it It made me laugh and it made me cry Her words are real and her story is truthThis book is one of the wisest most finely crafted pieces of prose fiction I have ever read I didn’t want it to ever end 60 stars I know I am risking a serious “FILM AT 11” moment and a club upside the head from Captain Obvious for voicing this but nabbit dog I still think it needs to be saidTO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is one of the BEST and MOST IMPORTANT American novels ever written Okay I said it and I will wait patiently while you get your DUHs and DERs out of the way and hang your “no shit” signs outside for Inspector HolmesOkay now given the gruntload of reviewsratings this book has I know I’m not the first person to wag my chin about how amazing it is Still I am going to chance coming off like that annoying dingleberry at the tail end of a huge porcelain party because I truly have a pile of love for this book Sorry for taking the metanalogy there just now but I promise no poop references for the rest of the review So if my review can bring a few people into the Atticus Finch Fan Club I will be just flush with happy On one level this book is a fairly straight forward coming of age story about life in a small Alabama town during the Great Depression It has a very slice of lifesaver warmth and simplicity to it that I think resonates with a lot of readers It certainly does with me and I think the adjective “charm” may have been invented to describe the novel Despite how easing flowing the narrative is this book is both extremely and deceptively powerful in its discussion of race tolerance and human decency Most importantly this book shows us by example the courage to stand all up in the grill of injustice and say “Not today Asshole Not on my watch” That is a lesson that I think we can never be reminded of too often When bad people do bad things to good people the rest of us good people need to sack up and be counted regardless of how scary it might be Easier said then done I know But at least that should be the standard to which we strive Atticus Fitch is the epitome of that standard He is the role model to end all role models and what is most impressive is that he comes across as such a REAL person There is no John WayneJack BauerDirty Harry cavalry charging BSD machismo about him Just a direct unflinching unrelenting willingness to always do what he thinks is right As Atticus’ daughter Scout puts it so well It was times like these when I thought my father who hated guns and had never been to any wars was the bravest man who ever lived I was to make something crystal before going on because it is an important part of my love of this story Notwithstanding this book's powerful powerful moral message it never onceevercomes off as preachy or heavy handed There is no lecture to be given here The only sermon we are privy to is the example of Atticus Finch and the simple yet unwavering strength and uiet decency of the man Even when asked by his daughter about the horrendous racism being displayed by the majority of the townsfolk during a critical point in the story Atticus responds with conviction but without They're certainly entitled to think that and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience This is a special story Oh and as a huge bonusit is also an absolute joy to read Lee’s prose is silky smooth and as cool as the other side of the pillow Read this book Read it with your children read it with your spouse read it by yourselfread it the bigoted assclown that you work with or see around the neighborhoodJust make sure you read it It is a timeless classic and one of the books that I consider a “life changer” 60 stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATIONBONUS UOTE This is Scout talking to Atticus after getting to know someone she had previously be afraid of “ ‘When they finally saw him why he hadn’t done any of those things Atticus he was real nice ’ His hands were under my chin pulling up the cover tucking it around me ‘Most people are Scout when you finally see them’ He turned out the light and went into Jem’s room He would be there all night and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning”Emphasis added Looking for a new book but don't want to commit Check out my latest BooktTube Video One Done all about fabulous standalones Now that you know this one made the list check out the video to see the rest The Written Review If you haven't read this as an adult pick it up today I think there's just one kind of folks Folks I along with millions of other kids first read this in grade school And I along with those millions didn't really get the pointI remember thinking Well I already know discrimination is wrong I don't get why I have to read a book about it Oh Lordy if I could go back in timeRereading led to a unsurprisingly wholly different interpretation of this novel I am in awe of Harper Lee and what she's written How could I have so completely missed the point back in fifth grade People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for We follow Jean Louise Scout Finch the daughter of Atticus Finch a prominent lawyer Scout narrates the great and terrible tragedies of her life namely the trial of Tom an upstanding colored man accused of raping a white woman Atticus is appointed to defend Tom and soon nearly the whole town turns against the Finch Family I wanted you to see what real courage is instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what Much like Scout I was simply too young to understand much of what was going on the first time through I tell you there were so so many moments this time through where the light bulb turned on and everything just clicked As you grow older you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it—whenever a white man does that to a black man no matter who he is how rich he is or how fine a family he comes from that white man is trash My entire life I never truly understood why this was such a classic why people read it over and over and why this of all books is forced upon kids year after year I get it now And I'm disappointed that I hadn't reread it sooner Ps Sorry to my teachers for being such a sulky kid they sure picked a great one I was just so enthralled with reading other things that I didn't read this one as well as I should've Until I feared I would lose it I never loved to read One does not love breathing Audiobook CommentsExceptionally well read by Sissy Spacek I felt like I was in the story If you are itching for a reread pick up the audioYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading Why is it when I pick up To Kill A Mockingbird I am instantly visited by a sensory memory I’m walking home leaves litter the ground crunching under my feet I smell the smoke of fireplaces and think about hot cider and the wind catches and my breath is taken from me and I bundle my coat tighter against me and lift my head to the sky no clouds just a stunning blue that hurts my eyes another deep breath and I have this feeling that all is okay Why Why this memory I mean this takes place in Alabama and mostly in the summer well there is that one climatic scene on Halloween but I bet it’s still hot enough to melt the balls off a brass monkey It must be the school thing my daughter just finished reading it prompting me to give it another go to fall back into Scout’s world and pretend to be eight and let life simply be How is that How can life for Scout be simple I mean she lives in the south during the depression she has to deal with ignorant schoolteachers and town folk her ideas of what is right what is what it should be are laughed at by her schoolmates man and I thought my childhood was rough Still she lives in this idyllic town I mean except for the racism and the creepy neighbors and the whole fact that it’s you know the southforgive me I’m not immune to the downfalls of the north I mean we had witches and well Ted Bundy was born here But there’s this sense of childlike innocence to this book that makes me believe in humanity even in the throes of evil What am I saying here I guess that this is a good pick me up What I also get from this book is that I have severe Daddy issues I consume Atticus Finch in unnatural ways He is the ultimate father; he has the perfect response for every situation He is the transcendent character My heart melts at each sentence devoted to him and I just about crumble during the courtroom scene Am I gushing I sure am I was raised by a man who thought that Budweiser can artwork was the epitome of culture That drinking a 6 pack was the breakfast of champions That college was for sissies He could throw out a racial slur without a single thought care or worry to who was around I won't even get into the debatesrantings of a 16 yr old me vs a 42 yr old him What a role model So I thank Harper Lee for giving me Atticus I can cuddle up with my cider and pretend that I’m basking in his light I can write this blurb that makes sense to maybe a handful but that is okay I am approved of and all is good

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