'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird'.
Atticus Finch gives this advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of this classic novel - a black man charged with attacking a white girl.
Through the eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Lee explores the issues of race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s with compassion and humour.
She also creates one of the great heroes of literature in their father, whose lone struggle for justice pricks the conscience of a town steeped in prejudice and hypocrisy.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 24/06/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780434020485
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Review by boppisces
First published in 1960. Lee tells the story through the daughter small town lawyer and widower Atticus Finch during the Great Depression (1933-35). Atticus has been appointed to defend Tom Robinson, a black man who has been accused of raping a white woman. Many in the small town of Maycomb disapprove when Atticus makes a real attempt to prove his client innocent. Racism in the Southern United States is explored in depth through this beautifully written narrative.