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review 2016-09-08 04:44
All Monsters Are Human
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

 

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

 

I need to admit that reading this book gave me the impression of being robbed. Most Americans had the chance to read it through middle school and then experience it again as adults with a completely different view of the world. Age changes you a lot. I would love to know how my young self would react to the writing. My views of my position in the world and of racism and xenophobia itself felt innocent, incomplete. I was too young to understand how the country where I was born would always change the view some people had of me. And again, I was too young to understand how cruel human beings can be in general.

 

 

But reading this book now may have been better. The pain of discrimination and racism is clearer to me. And while the remainders of our cruel past are always painful,remembering is necessary. A forgotten past could be repeated. 

 

“I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks."

 

On a more cheerful note,I couldn't have loved the story more than I did. Everything fell into a perfect place to me. How can you speak of such a hard subject and keep a peaceful tone to it? Harper Lee managed to do so,and meanwhile she also created characters that I will never forget. Atticus is obviously my favorite and my current life role model. But his children, Scout and Jem, saw the world from the eyes of a child. And sometimes it takes a young one to explain what's so simple but the older people don’t seem to get.

 

 

There isn't much I can say about this book that hasn't been said a thousand times already. It's amazing. It's lovely. It's so real it can be considered cruel. And it was everything I was looking for in a package of 300 pages. If a great writer should make you feel,Harper Lee is beyond that definition.

 

Sentence: *Incoherent happy noises*

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text 2012-07-27 14:10
Spotted! On the FrontPage #2
A Farewell to Arms: The Hemingway Library Edition - Ernest Hemingway,Seán Hemingway,Patrick Hemingway,Sean Hemingway
Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
Delirium - Lauren Oliver
The Art and Making of the Dark Knight Trilogy - Jody Duncan Jesser,Janine Pourroy,Chip Kidd
The Fallen Angel - Daniel Silva
Slammed - Colleen Hoover
Skagboys - Irvine Welsh

Let's have a look at book news from last two weeks:

 

- The Guardian selected most talked and anticipated books of this year naming them “The biggest novels of 2012” and we've shelved them on BookLikes bookshelf

 

Let's vote for the best Teen Novel - among selected books are classics, like Fahrenheit 451To Kill a Mockingbird but also contemporary YA series: Delirium, UgliesThe Mortal Instruments and more spotted by NPR Books.

 

- New special edition of Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms is out with the introduction by writer's grandson, Sean Hemingway, and 39 alternative book endings as the writer needed so many tries to feel literary fulfillment and satisfaction. 

 

- How book characters are born? Writers don’t look far for their inspirations. Mark Twain based main character in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn on his childhood friend and J.K. Rowling’s Severus Snape from Harry Potter books is a reflection of author’s real school teacher. Discover 8 more book names based on real people.


- A suspense thriller with a history and faith issues in the background is out. The Fallen Angel by New York Times Bestselling author Daniel Silva was released with 500 000 copies. Suspense trend continues with publishing J. A. Jance's Judgment Call. 

 

- Flavorwire lists the greatest YA series. You cannot find there Harry Potter or The Hunger Games series - instead pick YA classic, like Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol.

 

- It's digital era! E-books are climbing to the top of bestsellers list and this concerns not only Fifty Shades of Grey but also YA romance Slammed by Colleen Hoover, The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst and many more as Yahoo Finance News reports.

 

Movie to Book: A book for Batman fans is on sale now - The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy is the compilation of the behind-scene-stories of recent Batman movies.

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