A book that changed my life would have to be To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It was a moving story dealing with tough subjects; racism, rape, misconceptions, naivety. Parts of this book reminded me of my childhood, as my neighbourhood had its very own Boo Radley. He was feared and mocked, but he was actually a really nice man! This book made racial issues prominent in my world. Being a naive child who’s best friend was african american, I didn’t know much about racism. The hatred towards colour was shocking. I was moved by this book. Its a definite must read for everyone.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
From Shelfari: “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 and stage production, both classics.
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 15 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.”