To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of those books that’s required reading in most American Junior Highs and High Schools. We read it and watched the Gregory Peck movie version as well, with Robert Duball as Boo Radley (!?!). A nice read, and the City of Chicago even made it the premiere selection of its “One Book One Chicago” program. So far so good. But is it an American Classic?
Without doubt, that’s the majority opinion, but there are some dissenting opinions. These critical book reviews of To Kill a Mockingbird, would like it to die, Mockingbird, die! :
“Yes it was 1961, yes it was the Civil Rights Movement, yes a lot of people used WAY too much pot, but none of those arguments can explain why this obvious, saccharine mockery of a novel won anything, including publication rights.”
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