To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Release Date: July 11, 1960
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd.
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'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 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.
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.
Why was it banned?
Racial content, profanity (“damn” and “nigger” are often used), and references to rape.
Why did you choose it?
I chose to read To Kill a Mockingbird for Banned Books Week because I was feeling left out. Most of the Americans I know had to read this for school, but I was stuck with Jane Austen and Shakespeare. So I decided it was time to pick this one up and see what all the fuss was about.
When he was thirteen my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.
With To Kill a Mockingbird, I did what I usually do when I want to read a novel: I did no research at all. I find that going into books without knowing anything about them beforehand is the best way for me to do things. I am able to keep my expectations fairly low, and it also means that I am able to be surprised. I didn’t know what the plot was, and I had only ever heard of one character – Atticus Finch, who I thought was the main protagonist before I started reading, because everyone spoke about him so much.