'ONE OF THE GREATEST AMERICAN NOVELS EVER WRITTEN'
'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 falsely 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 1930s.
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
First published in 1960, American author Harper Lee’s classic is an affecting and compelling tale that deals with racism, morality and social justice. Set in a small Alabama town during the Great Depression, the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel is narrated by six-year-old Scout, whose father, Atticus Finch, is a righteous lawyer appointed to defend a black man wrongfully accused of rape. To Kill a Mockingbird is an enduring, masterfully written coming-of-age novel about learning to think for yourself, differentiate right from wrong—and fight for your beliefs.
Lee's beloved American classics makes its belated debut on audio (after briefly being available in the 1990s for the blind and libraries through Books on Tape) with the kind of classy packaging that may spoil listeners for all other audiobooks. The two CD slipcases housing the 11 discs not only feature art mirroring Mary Schuck's cover design but also offers helpful track listings for each disk. Many viewers of the 1962 movie adaptation believe that Lee was the film's narrator, but it was actually an unbilled Kim Stanley who read a mere six passages and left an indelible impression. Competing with Stanley's memory, Spacek forges her own path to a victorious reading. Spacek reads with a slight Southern lilt and quiet authority. Told entirely from the perspective of young Scout Finch, there's no need for Spacek to create individual voices for various characters but she still invests them all with emotion. Lee's Pulitzer Prize\x96winning 1960 novel, which quietly stands as one of the most powerful statements of the Civil Rights movement, has been superbly brought to audio.Available as a Perennial paperback.
More than a classic
Although considered a classic, Harper Lee’s style and clever story telling through the eyes of Scout (a young girl) creates an engaging story that reminds you to always question the “just is”.
It follows the story of Scout and her family as her father defends an African American man in court and the social response that follows. With the story being told by Scout, we see the world and story through the eyes of questioning innocence. The result: powerful commentary, interesting characters, and an undertone of social norms of the day.
A must read at least once in your lifetime.
This is an essential and timeless book