6.0 out of 5 stars I realize that by saying this, I am facing a big “FILM AT 11” situation and a club to the head from Stating The obvious, but nabbit dog, I still believe it needs to be stated… TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is one of the GREATEST and MOST IMPORTANT novels ever written in the United States. Okay, I said it, and I’ll patiently wait while you clear your DUHs and DERs and post your “no shit” signs outside during Inspector Holmes.
Given the avalanche of positive reviews and ratings for this book, I’m sure I’m not the first to exclaim how fantastic it is. Still, I’m going to take a chance on coming across as that irritating dingleberry at the end of a great porcelain party since I adore this book. … (I apologize for the meta analogy, but I promise there are no more poop references in the rest of the post)… So if my review will entice a few more individuals to join the Atticus Finch fan club, I’ll be overjoyed.
On one level, to kill a mockingbird is a relatively simple coming-of-age story set during the Great Depression in a little Alabama town. It has a slice-of-life warmth and clarity to it that I believe will appeal to a wide range of readers. It definitely does with me, and I believe the word “charm” was coined to characterize the novel.
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Despite how easygoing the story is, this book’s subject of racism, tolerance, and human decency is both tremendously and surprisingly strong. Most significantly, this novel exemplifies the fortitude it takes to stand up to injustice and scream, “Not today, Asshole!” “Not on my time.”
That is a lesson that I believe we should be reminded of on a regular basis. When evil people do horrible things to decent people, the rest of us decent people must stand up and be counted, no matter how frightening that may be. I realize it’s easier said than done. But at the very least, that should be the bar we aim towards.
Atticus Finch is the personification of that ideal. He is the role model to end all role models, and what is most amazing about him is that he appears to be such a genuine person. He lacks the cavalry charging BSD machismo of John Wayne, Jack Bauer, or Dirty Harry. Just a straightforward, unwavering, unwavering willingness to always do what he believes is right. As Scout, Atticus’s daughter puts it,
“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.”
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Before continuing, I was supposed to produce something crystal because it is a vital component of my enjoyment of this novel. Despite the book’s profound moral message, it never once…ever…comes across as preachy or heavy-handed. There is no need to offer a lecture here. The only sermon we have access to is Atticus Finch’s example of plain yet unwavering strength and quiet decency. Even when his daughter questions him about the heinous racism displayed by the majority of the townfolk at a pivotal point in the story, Atticus reacts with conviction but without elaboration: ”
“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 unique tale. Oh, and as an added benefit, it’s also a lot of fun to read. Lee’s writing is as silky smooth as the other side of the pillow. This is a must-read book. Read it aloud to your children, aloud to your spouse, aloud to yourself, aloud to the racist assclown at work or in the neighborhood… Simply ensure that you read it. It’s a timeless classic and one of the novels that have changed my life. 6.0 out of 5 stars RECOMMENDATION ON THE HIGHEST LEVEL!!!!!
BONUS QUOTE: Scout is speaking to Atticus after meeting someone she was previously terrified 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.”
Book Name: To Kill a Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
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