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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 With endless books and infinitely to be written in the future it is rare occasion that I take the time to reread a novel As women’s history month is upon us 2019 I have kept revising my monthly lineup to feature books by remarkable women across the spectrum Yet none of these nonfiction books pay homage to the writers of the books themselves Even with memoirs the prose focuses on the author’s achievements in her chosen field Last week a goodreads friend and I paid tribute to women authors in a daily literary journal In one of my friend’s posts she pointed out that as recently as 1960 the author of the most endearing of American novels had to use a masculinized version of her name in fear of not being published Nelle Harper Lee of Monroeville Alabama published To Kill a Mockingbird under her middle name so only those well read readers are aware of the author’s full name It is in this regard that I included Pulitzer and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Nelle Harper Lee in my Women’s History month lineup It is as auspicious of a time as any to reread one of America’s greatest novels When I was in ninth grade English class I read Harper Lee’s novel for the first time At age fourteen I was hardly a polished writer and struggled with many of the assignments Yet I do remember that the top essay in the class focused on the overarching theme of courage and how Harper Lee showed how each of the characters major and minor embodied this trait in the trying times associated with the novel It was courageous of a southern woman to write a novel with this subject matter prior to the passage of the civil rights act It is of little wonder to me looking back now that she chose to publish under a gender neutral name Perhaps she feared a lynch mob or being outcast in her home town It was a trying time as the federal government asserted itself against states still grieving from the war between the states and holding out as the last bulwarks of white superiority Harper Lee exhibited as much courage as the characters in her novel and rightfully was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her work As such being courageous starts from the top and works its way down to each and every character of this timeless work In 1930s rural Maycomb Alabama people were pretty much set in their way of life Town folk had received an education and worked as lawyers doctors bankers and businessmen The country folk may or may not have received an education because they had to work the fields and many were illiterate Even the majority of those educated white folk still saw themselves as superior to blacks and few if any had the audacity to take a black’s word over a white’s even if it were the correct moral thing to do Yet the crux of Lee’s novel is a court case threatening to disrupt this way of life having the town divide along both racial and moral lines and having each character step into others’ shoes and view the world from another’s perspective Maycomb at the time embodied many rural American cities isolated from progress as town set in its ways with few people who were willing to see the world from another perspective One man was however a lawyer named Atticus Finch who is among the most revered fictional characters ever created Even though this court case should not have been his his superiors selected Atticus to counsel a black defendant because they realized that he was the one man in Maycomb who had both the ability to empathize and the courage to do so His neighbor Mrs Maudie Atkinson noted that Atticus was the same man in the court house as he was at home and had nothing to fear A widower he instilled these values to his children Jeremy Atticus Jem and Jean Louise Scout from a young age passing a strong moral compass onto his children In addition to critiuing southern race relations Lee’s novel has endeared itself to children with the legend of Boo Radley From the time they were young Jem Scout and their summer friend Dill had courage to go to the Radley house trying to get Boo to come out even though all the other kids said the house was spooked Atticus told them to put a halt to these childish games and explained Boo Radley’s background to them The town claimed that Boo Radley was a ghost but perhaps the reason he did not leave the house is because he did not want to As the children grew older Atticus warned them that there would be darker times ahead and they would have to be courageous in the face of what people said to them behind their backs From the time Scout began school in first grade she inhibited Atticus’ ability to stand up for what was right Her teacher Miss Robinson was new to Maycomb and did not understand people’s ways Scout explained about the Cunninghams the Ewells as well as other families at a personal cost to herself As Scout grew older and was able to step into other people’s’ shoes she grew to understand differences between folks; however she and Jem realized that differences did not make the world distinctly black and white or right and wrong During an era when children were looked upon as unintelligent Scout and Jem were wise beyond their years and following in their father’s footsteps Harper Lee created strong archetypal characters and had each embody their own courage Each’s courage allowed Atticus to teach his children a life lesson that would endure for the rest of their lives The family’s neighbor Mrs Henry Lafayette DuBose demonstrates courage as she battles a final illness Third grade teacher Mrs Gates exhibits courage as she teaches Scout’s class about the rise of Nazism in Germany and th encourages her students to think for themselves about the differences between prejudices at home and abroad The African American characters all demonstrate strong courage as well The Finch’s housekeeper Calpurnia is a bridge between the white and black communities of Maycomb and does not hesitate to teach Scout and Jem life lessons as they arise The Reverend Sykes welcomes Jem and Scout into his congregation as though they were his own and invites them to sit in the colored balcony at time when segregation was still the law He risked a lynching and knew that the Finch family could possibly be labeled as negro lovers yet Reverend Sykes played a small role in proving that one’s skin color should not determine whether someone is right or wrong Of course as part of the overarching story line Boo Radley can be viewed as the most courageous character of them all It is through the courage of an author to create characters who will stand up for what is morally right at a large cost to themselves that she created an award winning novel that was ahead of its time for its era It is little wonder that the courage of these fictional characters has made the novel as beloved as it is today I believe that the courage exhibited by all these characters has made the town of Maycomb Alabama stand the test of time and remain the timeless classic that it is Most people can relate to those who have the courage to stand up for what they think is right or to fight against those tougher than them This character trait has endeared the Finch family to millions of readers and will continue to do so for generations to come Whenever a person asks what book would you give as a gift or what is the perfect book To Kill a Mockingbird is my first choice I find that it is perfect for any time but most appropriate in spring as in addition to courage there is an underlying theme of hope Harper Lee won the Pulitzer for this timeless classic and it also won first place in the Great American Read as America’s best novel Thus I can think of no better way to honor women’s history month than with a timeless book that has and will continue to capture the hearts and minds of all of its readers 5 stars all time favorites shelf 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 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960 It was immediately successful winning the Pulitzer Prize and has become a classic of modern American literature The plot and characters are loosely based on Lee's observations of her family her neighbors and an event that occurred near her hometown of Monroeville Alabama in 1936 when she was 10 years old The story is told by the six year old Jean Louise Finchتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز بیست و هشتم از ماه آوریل سال 1994میلادیعنوان کشتن مرغ مینا؛ نویسنده هارپر لی؛ مترجم فخرالدین میررمضانی، تهران، توس، 1370، در 378ص؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، امیرکبیر، 1390، در 414ص؛ شابک 9789640013816؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، علمی فرهنگی، 1393، در 378ص؛ شابک 978600121573؛مترجم دیگر بابک تیموریان، تهران، ناس، 1390، در 504ص، شابک 9789649917733؛مترجم دیگر روشنک ضرابی، تهران، انتشارات میلکان، 1394، در 360ص، شابک 9786007845196؛باور کردنی نیست، تا روز بیست و هشتم ماه دسامبر سال 2015میلادی یا همان روز هشتم دیماه 1395هجری خورشیدی، تنها در گودریدز تعداد 3128155؛ نفر همین کتاب را ستاره باران کرده اند؛ در تاریخ ششم ماه فوریه سال 2020میلادی برابر با روز هفدهم ماه بهمن سال 1398هجری خورشیدی این تعداد به 4184604؛ مورد رسیده است؛ «مرغ مینا» پرنده‌ ای کوچک است که توانایی تقلید صدا دارد، «مرغ مقلد» هم، صدای پرندگان دیگر را تقلید میکند؛ کتاب «کشتن مرغ مقلد»، نوشته ی بانوی روانشاد «هارپر لی»، که با عنوان «کشتن مرغ مینا» در ایران منتشر شده، نخستین بار در جهان در سال 1960میلادی، به نشر سپرده شد، یکسال بعد، جایزه ی پولیتزر را برد؛ در سال 1962میلادی نیز، «رابرت مولیگان»، فیلمی با اقتباس از متن همین کتاب ساختند، و در همان سال، ایشان هم توانستند، سه جایزه اسکار را، از آن خود کنند؛ فیلم جایزه ی بهترین بازیگر مرد را برای «گریگوری پک٬»، و جایزه های بهترین کارگردان هنری، و بهترین فیلمنامه ی اقتباس شده را، از آن خود کرد؛ بد نیست بیفزایم، خانم «هارپر لی»، تا یک دو سال مانده به پایان عمر پرفروغ خویش، تنها همین رمان را نوشته بودند، براساس واگویه ای از ایشان، بنوشته اند «در عصری که همه ی مردمان «لپ ‌تاپ»، «موبایل»، و «آی پاد» دارند، اما ذهنهاشان، همچون یک اتاق، خالیه؛ ترجیح میدهم، وقتم را با کتابهایم سپری کنم» پایان نقلایشان در سال 2007میلادی نیز، نشان آزادی را، از دست رئیس جمهور آمریکا، دریافت کردند؛ نقل از متن کتاب حواستون باشه کشتن مرغ مقلد گناهه؛ این را برای نخستین بار از «اتیکاس» شنیدم، که انجام کاری گناه داره، واسه همین هم به خانوم «مودی» گفتم؛ اون هم جواب داد پدرت درست گفته، مرغ مقلد، هیچکار نمیکنه، تنها برایمان میخونه، تا لذت ببریم؛ با تمام وجودش هم برامون میخونه؛ واسه همین هم کشتنش گناه داره پایان نقل هشدار اگر کتاب را میخواهید بخوانید، از خوانش چکیده، پرهیز کنید چکیده «اسکات» و «جیم»، خواهر و برادر کوچکی هستند، که مادرشان سالها پیش از درب این سرای فانی بگذشته است، آن دو با پدرشان «اتیکاش»، در شهر کوچکی زندگی میکنند پدر وکیل شهر هستند، و برای انسانیت، و باورهای مردمان احترام میگذارند ایشان هماره کوشش میکند تا فرزندانش را انسان بار آورد؛ داستان از زبان کودک، و به زیبایی روایت میشود، قرار است یک سیاهپوست به نام «تام»، به جرم تجاوز به دختری سفیدپوست، محاکمه شود، در حالیکه معلوم است، «تام» آن کار را نکرده است، و «آتیکوس» میخواهد، از ایشان دفاع کند، مردمان شهر، بر علیه «آتیکوس» هستند، و ایشان به عنوان یک پدر، میخواهند فرزندانش، در شرایط دشوار درست رفتار کنند؛تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 18051399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی My favorite thing about this review is that it is from 2018 and yet still in 2020 I am getting old white men writing 800 word essays in the comments about how wrong I am 3Bestseller Pulitzer Prize 18 million copies printed worldwide One of the greatest American novels even And I did not like it? Everyone seems to praise this novel and hold it as a literary masterpiece What I got from this book was boredom slowness dryness confusion and random unnecessary scenes that did nothing to further anything 🌷 I WAS BORED AND ALMOST FELL ASLEEP Those first hundred pages? Boring Absolutely boring I absolutely HATED that whole first section because it was boring to read and I literally did not care about anything that happened nor did I care about any of the characters It was boring it was pointless and providing Scout’s outlook on the current events could’ve been done in a much shorter and much less dense way It was just so slow and dry and confusing?? There were the most random scenes that had no effect on the plot or characters whatsoever Sure it’s great to provide backstory to things But including every tiny minuscule unnecessary detail about their childhood??? No thank you good sir To be honest after reading the whole book I still don’t really care for the characters And if I don’t care for the characters how do I care about whatever the hell happens to them? The only one I actually like is Atticus and the others Scout Jem and motions vaguely the rest of them are meh I don’t hate them but I don’t love them They’re just so very meh and do not stand out at all And Scout is way too smart for her age People may think otherwise but she is so precocious and it is SO ANNOYING🌹 IT GETS SLIGHTLY BETTER As soon as we got into the trial and after part though my interest increased considerably I was able to actually focus on the story —instead of finding myself falling asleep like I had been in the first section It was interesting to read about And some events I did not see coming at all though it was written in the most boring way that I couldn’t really bring myself to care about it sad as they were which shows some really horrible writing skillsI honestly could comment on the whole trial section but if I had to find the willpower and effort to read the first section of the book and receive nothing in compensation I don’t feel particularly obliged to deeply analyze things in a positive light to convince you how clears throat good and perfect this book is Because it is not In my very humble opinion🌷 HOW THIS BOOK IS PROBLEMATICToday we are “taught” to believe the victim—of rape harassment assault and other forms of abuse It’s something we should all do But in this book we are inclined to not believe the victim in her claim that a man raped her since we are led to believe that this was a false accusation because of the man’s skin color It’s a complicated situation Do we believe the victim or do we believe the perpetrator who may have been falsely accused because of racial prejudice?The characters are also disturbingly problematic Atticus as much as I like him is a white savior It makes a little bit of sense in the time period but it surely does not fit in times like now when white people need to step back and make sure to let people of color have a voice Allies are extremely important but there’s a difference between an ally and a savior Calpurnia is also a Black woman who is written off as complicit in her own servitude though she is luckily not treated as a slave or servant She also doesn’t seem to have many complexities to her character and neither do the other Black people who are portrayed as helpless and act as if Atticus is the only one that can save them which is a really ugly look And even Mayella Ewell The way her character is written can show that people who are of lower status or are not as welcome in society might not be believed if they were raped and spoke up about it And the fact remains that this book is a book about racism written by a white woman in Western society It’s nice that she tries to tackle racism and bring awareness to it or whatever but Harper Lee could not have written a book accurately educating about racism against Black people because she has no experience in it Even someone who experiences racism cannot write completely accurately about it because the individuals facing racism are exactly that—individuals not a monolith But they can sure write it accurately than someone who has never experienced racism and can only view it from a Western white person’s perspective This isn’t necessarily a problematic fact of itself but it’s something I think people should rememberAnd of course though this is less the fault of the book itself and the American school system we really need to stop using this book in schools to teach students about racism against Black people There are plenty of novels discussing racism that come from actual Black voices that can be read instead 🌹 CONCLUSION? So A book I expected to like but one I was ridiculously bored by Maybe it’s because I don’t like historical fiction? Maybe it’s because I don’t like classics? Maybe it’s because I had to read it for school? I don’t know All I know is everything about this book can go rot in a hole Far far away from me In the course of 5 years I’ve read this book nearly 17 times That adds up to reading it once at least every 4 months on an average And I still return to this book like a bark seeking a lighthouse in the dark When I first finished it I was so overwhelmed by how much I related to it I read it nearly 8 times before the year ended By now I’ve memorized almost every scene and I still can’t shake off the feeling that I still have to learn a lot from it Over the years I realize that without knowing it it has become my personal Bible – a beacon to keep me from straying from the path of kindness and compassion no matter whatWith its baseless cruelty and what Coleridge poetically referred to as motiveless malignity the world is in need of much motiveless kindness – a rugged determination to keep the world a uiet haven and not the callous cruel place it constantly aspires to be To Kill A Mockingbird is one of those rare books that doesn’t give in to the belief that ”deep down everybody’s actually good” Not everybody is And we must still persevere to see things from their perspective and though we may not justify their ways we must strive to understand them – though we might not follow them we must try to be as kind to them as possible And yet there comes a time when some people need to be put down – we must follow the call of our conscience then and yet be kind to them in the process as much as we canStriving to follow this dictum I have realized how difficult it is to be kind to others when I find I’m right It is so easy to put down others bluntly it is so easy to be critical and fair but so difficult to consider for a moment what the other might be going through How convenient it is to dismiss the hardships of others and say “They had it coming” and unburden our conscience of the probable guilt that perhaps we’ve been a bit too harshHow simple it is to stereotype people classify them neatly into convenient suare boxes and systematically deal with them based on those black or white prejudices Robe a prejudice in the opaue oppressive garment called Common Sense and display boldly the seal of Social Approval and you’ve solved the biggest difficulty of life – knowing how to treat peopleAnd yet nothing could be farther than the truth Rarely are people so simple as they seem In Wilde’s words “The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple” For you never know when a grumpy rude racist Mrs Dubose might be fighting her own monsters or Ewell be in fact trying to protect the last vestiges of honor he has or Aunt Alexandra only trying to advocate the least painful way of life And though we might not agree with any of them like Atticus we must see them for their peculiar situations and grant them a little leeway make a little corner for them too and yet stand up for what is right in defiance of themIt is this tricky rope walking balance between prejudice and common sense kindness and firmness and justice and leeway that spurs me to revisit this little book every time I seem to falter While I find it difficult to keep my cool in the midst of flagrant injustices and ensuing pain I strive to strike a balance between giving in to despair and becoming too optimistic; between becoming indifferent unkind righteous and being compassionate considerate It is what keeps me from becoming paranoid or cynical with the unceasing drone of passivity callousness overwhelming prejudice and unyielding customs while still being alive to the pain of those very people I do not necessarily agree withIn a country like India with its bizarre incomprehensible euations and seuestrations of religion class caste region language race gender sexuality and education it takes a whole load of effort not to blow up one’s mind – people will kill each other over anything and everything They’ll hate each other isolate each other and cook up stories amongst themselves and leave it floating in the air It takes every ounce of my energy not to hate my land and its majority people viciously Yes viciouslyBut you see I’ve got so much to learn to survive here – I have to stand up for myself when there will be hordes banging upon my door telling me to shut the hell up And I’ll have to muster all the courage I have to tell them to go f themselves if they think I musn’t transcend the limits set for me But I also have to learn not to hate them Even if it sounds sillyI know for one Lee – I don’t care if you never wrote another work I don’t care if Capote helped you write it as many say I’m glad somebody wrote this book and somebody assigned this book as syllabus when I needed it the most Five years ago I hadn’t even heard of it I read it in a single sitting And then I read it several times over taking my time pondering over every page I still do so It is my favorite book ever So I don't really know what to sayI think I loved this book but for a reason beyond my understanding it never hooked me and it took me AGES to finish it Some chapters especially at the beginning were tedious and hard for me to get through them but then there were some chapters that I devoured the whole Tom Robinson trial and the last onesI definitely learned a lesson or two from this book Atticus is my new role model he is really incredible I also love Scout and Jem those kids will be in my heart forever Oh And I loved the Boo Radley storyline it left me in aweThis book surely deserves 5 solid stars and I kinda feel bad for giving it 4 stars but the thing is I was struggling to finish it I swear I let out a relieved sigh when I read the last sentenceBut all in all it was a great read 3 And can't tell you how much I loved the last chapters view spoilerthe part were Scout stands in Boo Radley's house and realizes the way he sees everything almost made me cry hide spoiler “Until I feared I would lose it I never loved to read One does not love breathing”p 20I love this book and this idea of reading being like breathing As Scout did I read early too and often Every night before bed I would read and still do I saw a Twilight Zone Episode once where the main character loved to read and only wanted to be left alone to do so After falling asleep in the vault of the bank where he worked he awoke to a post disaster world where only he was left He busily gathered together all the books he wanted to read all organized and stacked up Just as he chose one to start with his glasses fell and he stepped on them trying to find them It was terrible and I remember feeling horrified that this man would never get to read again Such a thought had never occurred to me This semester I had to get glasses myself after suffering migraines from reading I was so nervous at the eye doctor because the thought of not being able to read was too much for me Of course I only needed readers but when I ran across this uote I thought about how much like breathing reading is for me “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win” p 87Never say die Fight the good fight no matter what I love the anti defeatist message in this uote Even though Atticus knows the deck is stacked against him he tries anyway He understands that sometimes you have to fight the un winnable fight just for the chance that you might win It makes me think that what he’s trying to teach his children is never to give up just because things look dim “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” p 120As Shakespeare said “To thine own self be true” That’s really all that matters At the end of the day when you lay down you have to know that you did the right things acted the right way and stayed true to yourself Again Atticus understands that the town is talking; he has to explain to his kids why he continues against the tide of popular thought He sums it up so well here“We never put back into the tree what we took out of it we had given him nothing and it made me sad”p 320 I love the sad way this uote sounds It is clearly the thoughts of a child for hadn’t Scout just given Boo his dignity as they were walking home? Hadn’t she and Jem given him children to care for and watch over? But she knows too even from her child’s perspective that they could never give him anything close to what he had given them—their lives It just sounds so beautifully sadWorks Cited Lee Harper To Kill a Mockingbird New York HarperCollins 2002 Print 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 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

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