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To Kill a MockingbirdThe 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 1 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

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PDF õ BOOK To Kill a Mockingbird ë EYLTRANSFERSERVICES ç [Download] ➸ To Kill a Mockingbird ➿ Harper Lee – Eyltransferservices.co.uk 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 961 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 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

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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 literatu “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