To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird #1

Harper Lee

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dark emotional reflective slow-paced

324 pages | first published 1960

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

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Moods

emotional 66%
reflective 66%
sad 42%
challenging 33%
dark 32%
inspiring 31%
hopeful 23%
informative 20%
tense 20%
adventurous 19%
funny 12%
lighthearted 6%
mysterious 6%
relaxing 3%

Pace

medium 58%
slow 34%
fast 6%

Strong character development?

Yes: 86% | It's complicated: 9% | No: 2% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 73% | It's complicated: 21% | No: 3% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 56% | It's complicated: 28% | No: 13% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 57% | It's complicated: 21% | No: 19% | N/A: 2%

Average rating

4.25