Minded adult issues she has to deal withDuring the first half of the book black people are barely mentioned Calpurnia the Finch s cookhousekeeper is black but is very much a part of the Finch family carrying much of the burden of #Scout And Jem S Upbringing To That #and Jem s upbringing to that Scout s mother died when she was uite young and was almost unknown to Scout Apart from that we hear nothing much about the black community of Maycomb County as though they are invisible This is entirely intentional of course Black people and white people ust didn t mix Scout lives in a white neighbourhood so almost the only black people she ever sees are domestic servants such as Calpurnia and those such as Zeebo the garbage truck driver who has to come into the area as part of his duties She never encounters the majority of the black community who work on the landMost of the first part of the story is about the three children and their adventures which despite the passage of time are not really any different from those that I enjoyed as a child and which many children still enjoy In one sub plot they are much taken by the mysterious figure of their reclusive neighbour Boo Radley and spend much of their time devising ways to tempt him from his houseLater the story turns to the trial of Tom Robinson and we discover some things that the film doesn t make clear The first is that Atticus didn t willingly take on Tom s defence He is appointed to it by the County Court Ballpark Eats: Recipes Inspired by America's Baseball Stadiums (Sports Illustrated Kids) judge Theudge s choice is deliberate of course he wants Tom to have the best defence possible and Atticus is the man who will deliver that but we are left with the interesting uestion Would Atticus have taken the case of his own accord The reason I ask this is because the film makes Atticus appear very liberal almost a man of the future I think the book shows us a different man He was liberal by the standards of many of his peers there is no doubt of that but would he for example have voted for John F Kennedy or Barak Obama I m not convinced He believed in Teammates justice for all and the euality of all men before the law but that is not the same as being liberalThe film also omits some characters who have a considerable influence on Scout those of Aunt Alexandra and Miss Dubose for example I can see the need for the Director of the film to be selective in what sections of the plot are included and which left out but those decisions are what makes the book superior to the film I actually rented the film to watch so that I could make those sorts of comparisons for this reviewIn the run up to the trial the town is abuzz with gossip and divided in its attitude towards Atticus Most people recognise that Atticus isust doing his What Is The World Series? (What Was) job but others regard his behaviour as showing favour to black people over white which was unthinkable Scout is regularly taunted at school over this matter and is not slow to take up arms in her father s defence be prepared for many uses of the N wordThis is where the story becomes so contentious because white attitudes towards black people wereust starting to be challenged openly in 1960 when the book was published Rosa Parks took her famous bus ride in Montgomery Alabama in 1955 and the book was published only 5 years before the civil rights marches protesting about black people not being allowed to register to vote in Alabama despite it being their legal right to do soIt is of course impossible for Tom Ro. Ugh 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 st.
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My Dismay Pages 91dismay pages 91 138 then picks up at page 219 Totally missing 49 pages of the story Absolutely gutted i wont be able to to finish the book unless i purchase a new copy This #may seem a strange book to choose to #seem a strange book to choose to after all it was published in 1960 but with the recent passing of the author Harper Lee I thought it might be time to take a look at To Kill A MockingbirdFirstly even though I was always an avid reader when To Kill A Mockingbird was published it managed to pass me by It wasn t being read by my peers and any stir that the film had created was already dwindling by the time I reached the age group to which the book seemed to be appealing Secondly it is a book that seems to be better known these days for the film version than for its own merit which is a shame The 1962 film depiction while creditable is very narrow in its take on the story focusing on the trial of Tom Robinson a black man accused of raping a white woman I ll return to that later Finally of course there are whole generations of people who will not have read the book or seen the film as it tends to be contemporary books that are read while older works are mainly gathering dust on library shelvesThe plot covers many aspects of life in Alabama in the mid 1930s as seen through the eyes of the protagonist Scout or Jean Louise Finch to call her by her real name The nickname is never explained At the start of the story Scout is 6 years old two years younger than Harper Lee would have been at this time She is MY BASEBALL BK joined in her adventures by her older brother Jem Jeremy and a neighbour s visiting nephew Dill Charles Baker Harris The book is not only a depiction of who two races see each other it is also how different groups within the white race view each other and an early issue raised is about white poverty during the DepressionIt later emerged that Dill was loosely based on Harper Lee s real life neighbour Truman Capote another novelist also recently deceasedScout s father is lawyer Atticus Finch who is also a member of the State Legislature and a much respected member of the community at least at the start of the book In real life Harper Lee grew up in Alabama and her father was a lawyer who became caught up in a rape case similar to that featured in the book Harper Lee may also have been influenced by the trials in Alabama of the Scottsboro Boys concerning the rape of two white women by nine black teenagers The trials took place in 1931 the original trials are now generally regarded as significant miscarriages ofusticeWe oin Scout at the start of her schooling where we discover that she is a precocious child already able to read and write Some might describe her as old beyond her years The story then takes us through three years of her life including the period of the trial and its aftermathThe use of Scout as the narrator is a very useful tool As a child she is automatically considered to be na ve which allows her to ask uestions that no adult would think to ask or maybe dare to ask This is useful for the reader as the answers usually come from Atticus so we get to know him very well They are often avoided if asked of the other adult characters We can feel Scout s confusion as she is told by her first grade teacher not to read at home because she s been taught to read the wrong way which is one of the first narrow. '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 Thro. Binson to get a fair trial #from an all white ury in Alabama in the 1930s so Tom is duly convicted despite #an all white Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen jury in Alabama in the 1930s so Tom is duly convicted despite being than a little doubt over the evidence presented by the two key prosecution witnesses Bob Ewell and his daughter Mayella the supposed victim of the rape Indeed it is key to later events that the pair are shown up to be liars but that isn t enough to sway theury Indeed Tom is than a little lucky not to have been lynched before the matter even got to trialIt could be argued convincingly that it is still hard for a black person to get a fair trial in Alabama even 80 years after the events depicted in this book which makes the book as relevant today as it was thenHowever the period in which this book is set is crucial to the way it is told The last surviving Alabama veteran of the Confederate Army still lived in the town The parents of most of the characters and some of the older characters such as Miss Dubose will have grown up in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War which left two communities struggling to makes sense of what had happened to their way of life This will have doubtless had a profound effect on the way the white community viewed the black while the black community discovered that being free was not the same as being eualSo is this book still relevant in 2016 I would say it isWhy have I only given this book four stars After all it was seen as one of the great works of the 20th century Well it is somewhat dated I think that if Harper Lee were writing it today if she were still alive to do so she would take a whole new approach to get her message across It is also a matter of expectations We shouldn t try to Jackie Robinson (On My Own Biography) judge the past on the basis of our values in the present As Atticus Finch himself says if we want to know a person we have to put on his shoes and walk around in them for a while If we wish toudge the present then we have a whole lot of new evidence available on which to base our opinionsDo I recommend the book Of course I do My only regret is that I didn t read it much earlier in my life Whenever good reads shows this books on the top list I wondered whats in this book that people rate this much for itBut finally I had a chance of reading this and reading after this I felt like I would give stars than possibleThe patience is utter key in the book The way every character progress the way harper Lee have developed each character it s real than fiction Y u mejor ue leerlo en ingl s Grande Harper Lee grande su gil y emocionante pluma Mejor el libro pero la pel cula le llega a la m xima calidad Recomendable e incluso obligatorio de leer para todo ser humano Perfect reading Wonderfully written I loved every single page I highly recommend it One to read over again through the years to come Por fin he terminado su lectura y lo recomiendo encarecidamente A veces resulta un poco dif cil yo tengo un nivel C1 porue usan mucho slang y la manera en la ue hablaban los esclavos por auella poca pero se entiende al fin y al cabo La historia es conmovedora Ahora me toca ver la pel cula Un cl sico Me ha encantado Aunue al principio se extiende mucho dando a conocer a la protagonista y a su hermano sus Datos geniales sobre beisbol / Cool Baseball Facts (Datos geniales sobre deportes / Cool Sports Facts) juegos amistades y forma de ver el mundo poco a poco empieza a mostrar la crudeza de la poca de segregaci n racial de EEUU Todo ello a trav s de los ojos de una ni a Es un libro tan hermoso como desgarrador Realmente merece la pen. Amina of one man's struggle forustice 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.