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To Kill A Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary edition [Paperback]

Harper Lee
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24 Jun 2010

'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 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 thirties. 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.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; 50th Anniversary edition (24 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099549484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099549482
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (636 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Someone rare has written this very fine novel, a writer with the liveliest sense of life and the warmest, most authentic humour. A touching book; and so funny, so likeable" (Truman Capote)

" There is humour as well as tragedy in this book, besides its faint note of hope for human nature; and it is delightfully written in the now familiar Southern tradition" (Sunday Times)

"No one ever forgets this book" (Independent)

"Her book is lifted.into the rare company of those that linger in the memory..." (Bookman)

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Arrow's 50th anniversary edition of the bestselling, Pulitzer prize-winning classic.

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213 of 224 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scout's story 17 Mar 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I must have read this story at least five times in the two or so years since I first picked up a copy, sometimes returning right back to the start after closing the book. I only wish I could remain immersed in Harper Lee's bygone age and beautifully crafted characters, and not have to reach that last page.
The main thread of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' is the trial of a black man, the symbolic 'mockingbird' of the title, who is accused of raping a white woman, but I much prefer the subtext of a widower father struggling to raise his children with the correct values in a deeply prejudiced society. The story is told through the eyes of the eight year old daughter, 'Scout', which at once paints a more honest picture of events whilst presenting a biased opinion of the central adult protagonist. Whether or not Scout is blinded by love for her father, Atticus Finch is probably one of the most heroic characters in fiction, and a role model for fathers everywhere. Although the trial itself is a tense moment in the story, and educational from a historical point of view, it is the Finch family dynamic that has made me so attached to this story. The first part of the book, when the children are younger and still relatively blind to the world that surrounds them, provides the most enjoyable reading.
I don't know whether it is a good or bad thing that Harper Lee has only written this one story, because I doubt 'To Kill A Mockingbird' could be surpassed. Scout's narration presents both a child's world in adult terms, and an adult world from a child's point of view, providing much comic relief amidst the drama and heartfelt emotion.
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270 of 286 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Get another edition 6 Dec 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Before I start this review I want to say that I think To Kill a Mockingbird is a brilliant novel and it easily gets five stars. This review is of this book specifically. I happen to have both this edition and an older version printed in the 70s, and I'm afraid they seem to have strangely edited it. A couple of bits are cut out for no apparant reason - pages 191 and 280 - and I really can't fathom why they did it. The old version is far better. Footlights is changed to floodlights, another really weird and miniscule change which I know doesn't make any difference whatsoever, but why the hell did they change it in the first place? There are loads of misprints also, which don't appear in the older version. I know that normal people (unlike me) won't care, but I'd really advise you to buy a different edition if you can find one, as the changes on 191 and 280 are quite major, and neither of the changes are improvements. I want to repeat that I think the book itself is brilliant and deserves five stars, but get a different edition.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful story based on a true life account 10 Dec 2003
By A Customer
Format:Unknown Binding
At first I thought it seemed like a boring old book but after getting into the first few chapters I couldn’t put it down. This book mainly covers the prejudice that coloured people face and the Harper Lee has a unique way of portraying the book. This story was based on something which happened to her in her childhood so because of this she writes the story almost as if she writing her autobiography.
This is a brilliant read no matter how old you are or where in the world you come from. I would mainly recommend this book to someone who likes to read either biographies or autobiographies even though this story is neither one.
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144 of 155 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, ageless masterpiece 8 Aug 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book when I was very young, too young to understand it, and then again when I was at school. But this is one of those books that becomes more profound, more accessible and more relevant the more you read it.

On the surface, it is a tale of racial prejudice in the search for justice, but in fact the story goes beyond that. It is about all prejudices, about the importance of walking around in someone else's shoes in order to truly understand them. Jem and Scout are delightfully child-like, and the effect of a hindsight narrative only adds to the many layers to be found here. Atticus Finch is the man to beat all men - he is the ideal father, the ideal man. He stands for justice, for righteousness and for "fighting back", even when you know you have lost. He is the ideal against which all men should be measured.

This is the most brilliant story of one community's injustice in small-town America, the consequences of which resonate throughout society at large. There has never been (and can never be) another "To Kill a Mockingbird", and the most amazing thing about this novel is that it can be read, re-read and read again generation after generation, and its magic only ever increases. A must-have in your collection!
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maycomb County comes to life..... 7 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
If you loved reading the book or have seen the movie - you can't fail to enjoy this audio version. Sissy Spacek has exactly the right voice, and in particular, her portrayal of Scout Finch is mesmerising.
This masterful reading brings the world of Maycomb County vividly to life. And at such a bargain price, it is a must-have for fans of the book.
Buy it now - you will not be disappointed!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I have ever read. 1 Sep 2000
By A Customer
I loved "To Kill a Mocking Bird the first time I read it 15 years ago and I've loved it each of the dozens of times I've read it since. Scout's fragile innocence as she learns about the injustices of the world touches my heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing storytelling !
Like the film , this book is stunningly an amazing look at America when coloureds and white people were shockingly kept apart via a crazy biast politically inept system .
Published 3 days ago by David McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars A great classic
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Published 5 days ago by Angus Jenkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars To Kill a Mockingbird
I read this book as a a part of the 100 best reads you could have - it truely is one of the best books I have read. The writing is so good that it almost speaks to you.
Published 9 days ago by Bogfairy
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great
To Kill a Mockingbird is a book about racial injustice told through the voice of a 6 year old girl (Scout) based in a small American town in the country. Read more
Published 13 days ago by wanderingbear
5.0 out of 5 stars very very very good
Very good.
Studying for GCSE and it was very helpful, easy to read and understand.
There was enough space to write notes on the pages.
Published 19 days ago by Georgia Kinsella
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
There is endless talk about this book bing brilliant an I had not read it, so gt it and as really disappointed wth the story, which did not live up to the hype.
Published 24 days ago by danglepuss
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever.
My favourite book of all time, written through the eyes of a child in a time long ago. When summers went on forever and the wonderful integrity of one man lead the way to show us... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Marshy
5.0 out of 5 stars NEVER READ IT!
To this day it's still on a shelf. I don't think I'll ever get round to reading it, oh well.
Published 27 days ago by K. Guler
5.0 out of 5 stars read this book
I recommend this book to anyone who is able to read English. It has been translated into many languages so check that out too.
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