To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird, #1)

Harper Lee

fiction Classics Historical
dark emotional reflective slow-paced
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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reflective 63%
emotional 61%
dark 38%
adventurous 36%
sad 36%
challenging 33%
inspiring 27%
hopeful 25%
informative 25%
tense 22%
funny 13%
mysterious 11%
lighthearted 8%
relaxing 5%


medium 58%
slow 38%
fast 2%

Strong character development?

Yes: 79% | It's complicated: 10% | No: 6% | N/A: 3%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 77% | No: 11% | It's complicated: 11%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 46% | It's complicated: 35% | No: 17%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 62% | No: 20% | It's complicated: 16%

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