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.
I know the summary doesn't say too much about the story, but first I have to say that I absolutely loved this book and for the exact reasons it says in the summary. This book has become one of my favorites!
To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic that I think everyone should read at least once in their lifetime because:
- The language is very easy to follow
- It talks about racism
- It talks about prejudices and that you can understand someone only if you try to stand in their shoes (which is why we love to read, right guys?)
- Even though it's a classic, it's still accurate today
- It talks about culture and human behavior; which are my favorite subjects in books
- Even if you don't like law stuff or anything like that that you've learned in school or think that subject is boring; I'm telling you this: even I liked that object in this book
- It's a coming of age story and has some aspects like Jane Eyre (only that becoming of age part to, as far as I could get from it).
Things I didn't like about this novel:
- Towards the middle of the book was not that appealing in my opinion and sometimes even boring.
- The trial was going on way too long in my opinion
- The ending had some vague parts
I still really recommend it to everyone and if you haven't read it yet: please do! I'm also thinking about watching the movie (I watched like ten minutes or so), but I'm so not used to black and white movies (that's not an excuse, I know) and I have no idea if it's as good as the book, but I don't want my opinion about the story to change after I've watch the movie adaption.
What is your opinion about To Kill a Mockingbird? Should I watch the movie adaptation or not?