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To Kill a Mockingbird Paperback – July 5, 2005
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“A first novel of such rare excellence that it will no doubt make a great many readers slow down to relish more fully its simple distinction. . . . A novel of strong contemporary national significance.” (Chicago Tribune)
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Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred
One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.
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So to replace this book as my gift I bought the same novel at Barnes & Noble for just a few dollars more. That book has a beautiful leather cover with engraved artwork and gold leaf pages with a ribbon bookmark. Barnes & Noble sells it as a "library" edition. It is hard to overstate the vast difference in quality between this book and Amazon.com's so-called 50th Anniversary Edition. I don't blame Amazon.com, which just provides the venue for sales, but I hope my review puts everyone on notice that this book is barely better than a paperback.
No disputing the quality of the writing. No comment on formatting yet but I sure noticed the price drop.
Also, the plot is ridiculous because a white woman sexually assaults a black man. This has probably never happened in real life. But if it does and if you're on the jury, you'll be the first one to recognize it after having been sensitized to such occurrences by this book. You may not be sensitized to black men assaulting white women which is a million times more common, but we should only be ready for exceptions to the rule rather than the rule itself. That makes us more enlightened.
This book is partly responsible for reinforcing the anti-white bias that prevails in the media as we are constantly bombarded with stories of black victims and white perpetrators despite the fact that blacks are a 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against a White than vice versa.
Good blacks shouldn't suffer because of the stereotypes that many of their racial kinsmen reinforce, but whites shouldn't be stigmatized when they coalesce on racial lines either because it's not always for bad reasons as in To Kill A Mockingbird. Because TKaM is never balanced out in school reading lists with books about black on white crime or books favorable to whites organizing along racial lines, the promulgation of TKaM is a half truth that amounts to a deception.
In short it fails as literature and as political commentary.
I'm waiting for the heavily Jewish print media to publish a story with an identical plot to To Kill a Mockingbird but with the archetype of Tom Robinson being a Palestinian man and that of Mayella Ewell a Jewish woman.
The cover is nice. Nothing is wrong with it.
The pages have a deckled (ragged) edge, on the side that is opposite the spine.
The copyright page does not indicate as to whether or not the paper is acid-free. The paper does not seem to be acid-free, but I could be wrong about this.
The print on each page is consistently dark, and this is good. The font size is sufficiently large.
In terms of content besides the novel itself, there is nothing special. It has a one-paragraph foreword that was written by Harper Lee in 1993. In the foreword, she requested that no introduction ever be written for her novel.
In short, I give five stars to Harper Lee for her novel, and three stars for this particular edition (because I suspect that the paper is not acid-free and because I don't particularly like deckled edges), yielding an average of four stars.