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 classic.
Compassionate, 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.
After reading to kill a mockingbird I understand fully why the book is so highly commended. Harper Lee’s phenomenal book is one that will stay with you forever. It cannot be dismissed as a child’s book and I strongly encourage you to read it, if you haven’t already had the pleasure of exploring a sleepy Southern town through the eyes of oh-so precocious Scout.
I can’t explain exactly why it captured my heart. Maybe it was the sweet innocence of the characters, the timeless morals or the feeling of being in a Sunny small town and playing childish games along with Scout, Jem and Dill.
Harper Lee explores many timeless topics most of which can still be mirrored in today’s society. She approaches it in a a much more complex way than black and white… more like shades of grey. Some of these lessons include People are people, regardless of race or social class and People are not always what they seem.
Love this book!
To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those novels that I can easily mention as a must-read by absolutely anyone and everyone.
I don’t know what it is about this book that had such an impact on me, but it did.
About the author
Writer Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, Alabama. In 1959, she finished the manuscript for her Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller To Kill a Mockingbird. Soon after, she helped fellow-writer and friend Truman Capote write an article for The New Yorker which would later evolve into his nonfiction masterpiece, In Cold Blood. In July 2015, Lee published her second novel Go Set a Watchman, which was written before To Kill a Mockingbird and portrays the later lives of the characters from her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Lee died on February 19, 2016, at the age of 89.
After the book
Have you read TKAM? If not are you contemplating your life? What are your recs for post TKAM? Thoughts? Share please!