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To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary…

To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition (original 1960; edition 2010)

by Harper Lee

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The explosion of racial hate in an Alabama town is viewed by a little girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape.
Title:To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition
Authors:Harper Lee
Info:Harper (2010), Edition: 50 Anv, Hardcover, 336 pages
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)

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    The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (dele2451, rosylibrarian, chrisharpe)
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    The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (Caramellunacy, rosylibrarian)
    Caramellunacy: Both stories are about a young girl in the South coming to terms with racism. Secret Life of Bees features an teenaged protagonist whereas To Kill a Mockingbird's Scout is quite a bit younger, but I thought there were themes that resonated between the two.… (more)
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    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (paulkid)
    paulkid: There are many similarities between these books. For example, a strong father-daughter relationship, where the father teaches by example by taking the moral high ground in protecting a persecuted minority - also kids that break down the barriers between secluded and socially awkward neighbors through books and sundry shenanigans.… (more)
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    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (Caramellunacy, Anonymous user, Anonymous user)
    Caramellunacy: Both stories about a young girl coming of age in the South and racial intolerance. Also both beautiful reads! To Kill a Mockingbird is told by Scout Finch - the daughter of the town lawyer called upon to defend an African-American man accused of rape. Roll of Thunder is told from the point of view of the daughter of a cotton-picking family who only slowly grows to realize the extent of prejudice her family faces.… (more)
  5. 173
    Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson (EerierIdyllMeme)
    EerierIdyllMeme: Very different novels exploring similar themes
  6. 100
    Native Son by Richard Wright (DanLovesAlice)
    DanLovesAlice: An African-American facing an uphill battle against a highly prejudiced jury and public. Wright, like Lee, explores the dangers of the stereotypes created by insular and ignorant societies.
  7. 111
    Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (atimco)
    atimco: These books share a precocious narrator, vital family relationships, and themes that are funny and sad and thought provoking all at the same time. Extremely well written and engaging.
  8. 90
    Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote (Othemts)
    Othemts: These books are two sides of the same coin of life in a small Alabama town. Where there's dignity and hope in Mockingbird, Other Voices is decadence and demoralization
  9. 112
    Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns (bnbookgirl)
  10. 81
    Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian (eclt83)
    eclt83: Goodnight, Mr Tom is as touching as To kill a mockingbird. Problems in society causes pain for the weaker.
  11. 61
    A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines (rarm)
  12. 61
    The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark (mysterymax)
    mysterymax: This book also explores mob/vigilante thinking and is a classic in its own way.
  13. 94
    The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (aamirq)
  14. 72
    Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence (kxlly)
  15. 50
    The Stones of Mourning Creek by Diane Les Becquets (Sadie-rae_Kieran)
    Sadie-rae_Kieran: Similar setting, 1960's in the south. Deals with some similar issues as well,including racism/discrimination. Though sad at times, a beautiful and touching story.
  16. 50
    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (sturlington)
  17. 62
    Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson (chrisharpe)
  18. 73
    The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (LKAYC)
  19. 51
    Scottsboro Boy by Haywood Patterson (lilithcat)
    lilithcat: For the real story of race relations in Alabama in the thirties, read this autobiography of Haywood Patterson, one of several young black men judicially railroaded for the rape of two young white women, and sentenced to death. A national and international campaign ultimately resulted in their exonerations, but their lives had already been destroyed.… (more)
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    Dovey Coe by Frances O'Roark Dowell (meggyweg)

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A great classic that should be read by all. There is a lot to learn from this story. Harper Lee manages to capture the innocence of childhood, while also touching on deeper and grittier topics. As an Alabama native, born and raised, it was interesting to visit this small town in the 30s. A really enjoyable and touching read. ( )
  Jfranklin592262 | May 18, 2022 |
This was an amazing and enjoyable read. So many valuable life lessons one can get from. Thanks, Harper Lee. ( )
  tonimeter | May 13, 2022 |
Di fronte al grande apprezzamento che ha riscosso – e riscuote – questo romanzo sono un po' titubante all'idea di scrivere una recensione non del tutto positiva. Sono quei momenti in cui un lettore si chiede: «Sarò io a non averci capito nulla?».

Ma tant'è. Fuoco alle polveri.

Ho apprezzato moltissimo la figura di Atticus, avvocato pronto a difendere una causa persa solo per aderire ai dettami della sua coscienza e padre che non si tira indietro di fronte alle domande innocenti e spietate dei suoi figli. È un uomo che ci regala molte perle di saggezza nel corso della narrazione, perle che sarebbe sempre bene tenere a mente nella vita.

Mi sono piaciuti tantissimo anche i figli di Atticus, Jem e Scout, così come il loro amico Dill. Tutti e tre pronti a vivere avventure straordinarie e tutti e tre impreparati davanti al lato oscuro del mondo.

Quello che con me non ha funzionato in questo romanzo è stata la figura di Bob Ewell, il cattivo. Quello che sostiene la segregazione razziale. Quello che si beve anche l'ultimo centesimo. Quello che campa sulle spalle della figlia. Quello che si permette anche di picchiarla quella figlia – e chissà che altro. Quello che è pronto a far impiccare un innocente per non dire l'indicibile. Un mostro. Un vero str****.

Eppure a me Bob Ewell è sembrato un cazzotto in un occhio ne Il buio oltre la siepe. Ma come, un romanzo che denuncia i pregiudizi, la paura dell'altro, del diverso prende come male assoluto un emarginato, senza tra l'altro preoccuparsi di definire tutti gli Ewell come gentaglia spregevole? Se la comunità fosse più interessata alla loro condizione bestiale invece che ad additarli come feccia, probabilmente tutti se la passerebbero meglio.

Questo aspetto mi è sembrato riduttivo e ha tolto spessore alla vicenda, rendendo i personaggi schiavi del loro ruolo nel romanzo. Alla fine tutto mi è sembrato irrimediabilmente piatto e scialbo, privo della forza che mi aspettavo da un romanzo del genere. ( )
  Baylee_Lasiepedimore | May 13, 2022 |
I had forgotten what a truly good read this book is. I read it in American Lit over 50 years ago and guess what it is still great. A book about a time in our past. ( )
  paworkingmom | May 3, 2022 |
Mögnuð bók sem lýsir vel spennunni sem ríkir á milli kynþátta í Alabama í BNA. Aðalsöguhetjan er fjörug stelpa sem ásamt bróður sínum og vini upplifir mikilvægi þess að bera virðingu fyrir náunganum og að allir séu jafnir fyrir lögum þegar einstæður faðir hennar tekur að sér að verja svertingja sem er sakaður fyrir morð. Samnefnd klassísk mynd var gerð eftir sögunni með árið 1962 með Gregory Peck sem hlaut Óskarinn fyrir leik sinn auk þess sem myndin hlaut tvo aðra Óskara auk fjölda tilnefninga og önnur verðlaun. ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
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"Bülbülü Öldürmek" harika bir roman ve başlamak için en iyisi.  Bu, bir kardeşin (Jem ve Scout) ve tek bekar ebeveynleri, yani babaları Atticus ve bakıcı Calpurnia ile yaşarken beklenmedik bir dönüş ve dönüş getiren hayatları etrafında dönen bir hikaye.

Hikayenin konusu, Boo Radley'in planı dışında başlangıçta net değildi, çünkü anlatı bazı olaylara derinden nüfuz etti ve aniden rotasını değiştirdi. Daha sonra bu kısa anlatımların, hikaye izci (8 yaşındaki) bakış açısıyla anlatıldığı için çocukların hissettikleri duyguları anlattığını fark ediyoruz.  Yetiştirilmeleri, iyi beslendikleri ve Atticus tarafından iyi değerlerle donatıldıkları için büyüleyicidir.  O, sözünün eri bir adamdır ve her senaryonun dürüst, doğru, eşitlikçi bir bakış açısına daima sahip olmuştur.  Mesleği avukatlıktır ve çocuklarına düşünce ve eylemlerinde özgürlük duygusu vermiştir.

Her ne kadar hikayenin sonunda gördüğümüz gibi işler ona göre gitmese de, hikaye güçlü bir ifadeyle sona erdi: "Ölüler ölüleri gömsün" yani bu dünyada insanların ne kadar doğru ya da yanlış olduğu anlamına gelir, her şey hesaba katılır ve faturanın vadesi gelir.  Bu roman mutlaka okunmalı, severek okudum.
added by firdevs | editDeutsche Schule Istanbul
Mockingbird is not necessarily as widely admired among scholars of US literature as it is among its fans. I once enraged an audience of very nice book-lovers at the Cheltenham literary festival by suggesting that Mockingbird was just the teensiest bit overrated. There are many reasons for this assessment, not least the feeling that Atticus Finch’s famous moral rectitude is, in point of fact, disturbingly flexible. He tells Scout: “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.” That’s all well and good, and a fine American sentiment that goes at least back to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. But part of Mark Twain’s radical move in that novel is to make his hero an illiterate backwoods boy; Lee’s hero is a virtuous, middle-class white man, full of noblesse oblige to the black people he defends (who revere him for it), but who doesn’t bat an eyelid at the common knowledge that the illiterate, white-trash Mayella Ewell is regularly raped and beaten by her father.

added by SnootyBaronet | editThe Guardian
Its sentiments and moral grandeur are as unimpeachable as the character of its hero, Atticus. ... It's time to stop pretending that "To Kill a Mockingbird" is some kind of timeless classic that ranks with the great works of American literature. Its bloodless liberal humanism is sadly dated, as pristinely preserved in its pages as the dinosaur DNA in "Jurassic Park."
added by LT_Ammar | editThe Wall Street Journal, Allen Barra
A book that we thought instructed us about the world tells us, instead, about the limitations of Jim Crow liberalism in Maycomb, Alabama.
added by LT_Ammar | editThe New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell
There are some improbable and sentimental moments in the story, but there are also great moments of laughter that belong to memory and a novelist's hand... Miss Lee's original characters are people to cherish in this winning first novel by a fresh writer with something significant to say, South and North.
added by LT_Ammar | editThe New York Times, Herbert Mitgang

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Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.
~ Charles Lamb
For Mr. Lee and Alice
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When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.
Please spare Mockingbird an Introduction. (From the Foreword by Harper Lee)
Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.
People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.
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.
Not from, but about To Kill a Mockingbird, with apologies:

Monroeville, Alabama
January, 1966

Editor, The News Leader:

Recently I have received echoes down this way of the Hanover County School Board’s activities, and what I’ve heard makes me wonder if any of its members can read.

Surely it is plain to the simplest intelligence that “To Kill a Mockingbird” spells out in words of seldom more than two syllables a code of honor and conduct, Christian in its ethic, that is the heritage of all Southerners. To hear that the novel is “immoral” has made me count the years between now and 1984, for I have yet to come across a better example of doublethink.

I feel, however, that the problem is one of illiteracy, not Marxism. Therefore I enclose a small contribution to the Beadle Bumble Fund that I hope will be used to enroll the Hanover County School Board in any first grade of its choice.

Harper Lee
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The explosion of racial hate in an Alabama town is viewed by a little girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape.

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"To Kill a Mockingbird" was my absolute favorite books to read in school. I would maybe wait to have students read this until middle High School but I think it can be a great learning experience for students. The topics of this book raises awareness about rape, racial inequality, and family. The way that my teacher in High School set up her lesson was that she had everyone in her classroom dress up like a character from a book and make everyone talk and act like that given character. It was fun to watch what everyone wanted to dress like so it will for sure go into my teacher toolbox.
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Scout recalls her youth
Mad dogs, rabid mob threaten
Lawyer Dad defends.
Dad says it's O.K.
To kill a blue jay. But not
A mockingbird. Why?

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