Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

[Ed. note: The following citations come from one-star Amazon reviews of Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. (See also: Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s RainbowGeorge Orwell’s 1984, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, James Joyce’s Ulysses and David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress). I’ve preserved the reviewers’ own styles of punctuation and spelling].

the prejudice part was good

A classic american piece of caca

A court case is hardly a thrilling idea.

It mainly compared people to Mockingbirds

it was just like any other book, nothing special.

It uses unutterable words and displeasing language.

I’m not rascist at all, so don’t make that assumption either.

Worst book ever written, a disgrace to American Liturature

Well, at least it was in my own language. Otherwise, it sucked.

I reckon this be anoth’r classic that doesn’t deserve that status.

I don’t like these kinds of books anyway, but I was assigned to read it! Yuk!

Simply put, this is a novel about racism written for people who received their knowledge about racism from this book!

If people would just leave old prejudices to heal themselves, it would all be better, and best of all, this book wouldn’t exist

In 1960 Harper Lee published To Kill A Mockingbird. About thrity years earlier William Faulkner had published the short story Dry September. ITS THE SAME STORY.

Although the author had some good points, I must say that this book sucked a big fat one star. I thought it was horribly thought out and it was considerably a snoozer. I seriously feel asleep readin this

I could write a novel that had notecard characters–even the narrator seemed a little hollow, and Boo Radley was just deus ex machina with a clever, sleepy-southern-town name–and no one would care.

this novel features the archetypal White hero with few flaws, his perfect children, the maid with just the right amount of “colored wisdom,” a black amn who is little more than a dullard, and the evil redneck who actually commited the crime!

It’s an uneven paste-job of short stories and pieces by Harper Lee promoted by her liberal New York publishing friends.

It is a very interesting and great book!!!!! I expecially liked how they talked of people standing up for what is right!! NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I kept hoping that they would get to the point and give me some instructions, but I still don’t know how to kill a mockingbird.

Thanks to all my friends who had to tourchure threw reading this disgrace and supporting me in not likeing the book.

Who really cares about a little girl that goes around the neighborhood doing things like spying on her albino neighbor.

Dissgusting beyond belief. Harper Lee owes an apology to untold numbers of girs, women, and families.

The rednecks are evil, the blacks are victims, and the self-righteous Atticus is too good to be true.

In a just world Harper Lee and her acolytes would be forced to live in the Hell the helped create.

i know slavery was bad and judging blacks and all that is bad but like come on were over it

By the way, DO NOT BUY, because if i find it in your house i won’t think to kindly of you.

All the book consists of is a middle-class family in the south with a few weird neighbors.

Scout and her brother, Jem, grow up while some wierd stuff happens all around them.

the charecters were poorly developed and obviously fake

no excimet in besides when it was in the court spot

I find no point in writing a book about segregation

I don’t see why this book is so fabeulos.

This book is very nasty

Obama Picks Up Franzen’s Freedom

Proving that he’s the kind of elitist Harvard-educated snob who reads literature, President Barack Obama picked up an advance copy of Jonathan Franzen’s forthcoming novel Freedom today. Obama also picked up copies of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird and John Steinbeck’s The Red Pony for daughters Sasha and Malia (spoilers for S & M, undoubtedly faithful Biblioklept readers both: Boo Radley isn’t so bad, that white dude raped his daughters, and they have to kill the pony’s mama. But not all in the same book). Also, our president is photographed outside the bookstore wearing what appears to be socks and sandals. (Okay, looked like socks and sandals in the light. But we’ll give BO the benefit of the doubt).