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"To Kill A Mockingbird"
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“To Kill a Mockingbird” was discussed at the August Meeting of the Greenhorn Valley Book Club. Many felt it was our most enjoyable Classic of the year. Author Harper Lee won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for this work, as well as numerous other literary awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and “Best Novel of the 20th Century” by The Library Journal.

Harper Lee was born in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama and died there just three years ago. Her other book, “Go Set a Watchman” was released in 2015 and is set in the same locality twenty years after the time depicted in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The story describes a South poisoned by harsh prejudice. Its narrator is an 8-year old girl (Scout) who sees her father (Atticus) risking everything to defend a black man who’s been unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

Our club members concluded that Ms. Lee did an amazing job putting the horror of racism in front of white America. We especially like Miss Maudie’s reasons for not killing mockingbirds: “They don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy, they don’t eat people’s gardens, they just sing their hearts out for us.” We felt that the heart of the story was when Atticus said, “…it’s a sin to kill one.” It seemed clear to us that the Mockingbird symbolizes innocence and that two major themes of the novel are judgement and justice.

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