Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

‘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 this enchanting classic – a black man charged with the rape of a white girl.

Through the eyes of young 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 thirties.

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…

This is an amazing book, it really looks in depth at the social classes that are present, and how tainted peoples perceptions can be. It is amazing how true, accurate and relevant some of the observations were, and still in fact are, in today’s modern society.

It is told from a 9 year old girl’s point of view, and it shows how her own perception of her father is wildly different to the rest of the town, and how his perception of ‘black people’ is also vastly different to the rest of the community.

Favourite Quote: Then Miss Gates said, ‘That’s the difference between America and Germany. We are a democracy and Germany is a dictatorship…Over here we don’t believe in persecuting anybody. Persecution comes from people who are prejudiced…’ page 270 ( To really get the hypocrisy of this quote you really need to read the book)

Recommended Retail Price $12.95-26.99

Recommended Age: 16+

My Rating: 4/5

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4 Responses to Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  1. One of my fave books…and the only one that I read for school that I absolutely loved! It’s been a little while since I’ve read this one, will have to try and find it and do a re-read

  2. Karl Drobnic says:

    I remember when the book came out (and the movie, too). It helped juice the civil rights movement just like “Silent Spring” juiced the ecology movement. It was one of the really influential books of its time.

  3. t’s been many, many years since I read this book. Must add it to my TBR list.

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