Count Olaf visited her at the carnival whenever he needed to know the latest whereabouts of the Baudelaires, believing that she could tell through psychic means. However, Madame Lulu wasn't a real psychic. Instead, she requested her guests to close their eyes, then researched the answers to their questions, using the documents in an archival library hidden under a table in her tent. A device that she invented would trick her guests into thinking that smoke and lightning would initiate inside the tent.
It is unknown whether or not Count Olaf realized that she was a fraud. Madame Lulu was originally, as Olivia Caliban, a member of V. It is known that Captain Widdershins taught her how to read codes on stained maps. It is unclear what side of the schism Madame Lulu was loyal to if she chose a side at all. Madame Lulu said that she just likes giving people what they want. Madame Lulu is aware that Caligari Carnival may close if they do not get enough customers. She hires the Baudelaire orphans disguised as freaks to work there.
The next morning they discover that when Olaf asked Madame Lulu "Is one Baudelaire parent still alive? Members using a phone disguised as a lamp and answered: "Yes, one is up in the Mortmain Mountains. Olaf gifts her a pack of lions , saying that if one of the freaks is devoured, it will boost the popularity of the Carnival. The orphans go back to Lulu's tent to search for clues. They first discover the V. The mysterious effects behind her fortune telling turn out to be no more than ropes and pulleys. Shelves: american , fiction , literary , favorites , novels , owned.
That adds up to reading it once at least every 4 months, on an average. And I still return to this book like a bark seeking a lighthouse in the dark. When I first finished it, I was so overwhelmed by how much I related to it, I read it nearly 8 times before the year ended. Over the years, I realize that without knowing it, it has become my personal Bible — a beacon to keep me from straying from the path of kindness and compassion, no matter what.
With its baseless cruelty and what Coleridge poetically referred to as motiveless malignity , the world is in need of much motiveless kindness — a rugged determination to keep the world a quiet haven and not the callous, cruel place it constantly aspires to be. And we must still persevere to see things from their perspective, and though we may not justify their ways, we must strive to understand them — though we might not follow them, we must try to be as kind to them as possible.
And yet, there comes a time when some people need to be put down — we must follow the call of our conscience then, and yet be kind to them in the process, as much as we can. It is so easy to put down others bluntly, it is so easy to be critical and fair, but so difficult to consider for a moment what the other might be going through. How simple it is to stereotype people, classify them neatly into convenient square boxes and systematically deal with them based on those black-or-white prejudices!
And yet, nothing could be farther than the truth. Rarely are people so simple as they seem. Dubose might be fighting her own monsters or Ewell be, in fact trying to protect the last vestiges of honor he has, or Aunt Alexandra only trying to advocate the least painful way of life. And though we might not agree with any of them, like Atticus, we must see them for their peculiar situations and grant them a little leeway, make a little corner for them too, and yet, stand up for what is right in defiance of them.
It is this tricky rope-walking balance between prejudice and common sense, kindness and firmness, and justice and leeway that spurs me to revisit this little book every time I seem to falter. While I find it difficult to keep my cool in the midst of flagrant injustices and ensuing pain, I strive to strike a balance between giving in to despair and becoming too optimistic; between becoming indifferent, unkind, righteous and being compassionate, considerate.
It is what keeps me from becoming paranoid or cynical with the unceasing drone of passivity, callousness, overwhelming prejudice and unyielding customs while still being alive to the pain of those very people I do not necessarily agree with. It takes every ounce of my energy not to hate my land and its majority people viciously. Yes, viciously. But I also have to learn not to hate them. Even if it sounds silly. I read it in a single sitting. And then I read it several times over, taking my time, pondering over every page. I still do so. It is my favorite book ever.
View all 60 comments. I don't really know what to say. I think I loved this book, but for a reason beyond my understanding, it never hooked me, and it took me AGES to finish it! Some chapters especially at the beginning were tedious and hard for me to get through them I definitely learned a lesson or two from this book. Atticus is my new role model, he is really incredible. I also love Scout and Jem, those kid So I also love Scout and Jem, those kids will be in my heart forever.
And I loved the Boo Radley storyline, it left me in awe. This book surely deserves 5 solid stars, and I kinda feel bad for giving it 4 stars, but the thing is I was struggling to finish it, I swear I let out a relieved sigh when I read the last sentence. And can't tell you how much I loved the last chapters, view spoiler [the part were Scout stands in Boo Radley's house and realizes the way he sees everything almost made me cry hide spoiler ].
View all 33 comments. Nov 13, Houston rated it it was amazing. As Scout did, I read early too, and often. Every night before bed I would read and still do. I saw a Twilight Zone Episode once where the main character loved to read and only wanted to be left alone to do so. After falling asleep in the vault of the bank where he worked, he awoke to a post-disaster world where only he was left. He busily gathered together all the books he wanted to read, all organized and stacked up. Just as he chose one to start with, his glasses fell and he stepped on them trying to find them.
It was terrible and I remember feeling horrified that this man would never get to read again! Such a thought had never occurred to me. This semester I had to get glasses myself after suffering migraines from reading. I was so nervous at the eye doctor because the thought of not being able to read was too much for me.
Of course, I only needed readers, but when I ran across this quote, I thought about how much like breathing reading is for me. Fight the good fight no matter what! I love the anti-defeatist message in this quote. Even though Atticus knows the deck is stacked against him, he tries anyway. He understands that sometimes you have to fight the un-winnable fight just for the chance that you might win.
At the end of the day, when you lay down, you have to know that you did the right things, acted the right way and stayed true to yourself. Again, Atticus understands that the town is talking; he has to explain to his kids why he continues against the tide of popular thought. He sums it up so well here. It just sounds so beautifully sad. Works Cited Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: HarperCollins, View all 22 comments. Pulitzer Prize. One of the greatest American novels, even.
And I… did not like it? I was expecting a really thought-provoking book with important messages. And I did get it! But I also got: boredom, slowness, dryness, confusion, and random unnecessary scenes that did nothing to further anything.
This bo 2. This book has such a powerful message , especially considering the time period it was written in and what was going on in America at that time. To be honest, I think a lot of what I interpreted from this book was like I mean each and every word of the following rant but it might not be actually what the book was implying.
But when we talk about police brutality today in America and white police officers shooting black unarmed men, and the white police officers getting away in court, what Atticus said still applies. Society has ingrained in our minds racist attitudes and outlooks, and even if we try our hardest to expel it, it is still there. I still catch racist or prejudiced or discriminatory thoughts running through my own mind, and I am a person of color who has experienced racism and am deeply against it.
This is something that we all have to be aware of, constantly, because it is buried so deep in society that it has become buried so deep in ourselves, and it is difficult to tear it out. No one is born racist, but as soon as we are born, it is there. It lurks in every corner in every life no matter what experiences we have, because it manifests from the very structure of society then, society today, and society probably decades from now.
Racism is an endless cycle , created by corrupt cultural values and societal attitudes, and it is doomed to ingrain itself into the minds of everyone and to repeat itself over and over and over again. In fact, it gives us all the more reason to try. However, while the message is very strong and very important, that is Absolutely boring.
It was just so SLOW?? There were the most random scenes that had no effect on the plot or characters whatsoever. I think the hell not, good sir.
The only one I actually like is Atticus of course , and the rest Scout, Jem, etc. AND Scout is way too smart for her age. I was able to actually focus on the story more—instead of finding myself falling asleep like I had been in the first section.
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It was very interesting to read about. Because it is not.
But Tom does. That being said, I cannot but smile at finally, at 28, having plowed through this-- a complicated and personal classic. Jean Louise watches in secret from the balcony and is horrified. And it means the most because it protects the structure of the constitutional regime, the rights of the majority against the unreviewable decisions of the Court. Silber eds. It made me smile but broke my heart a little bit at the same time - like many of the best books do. Radley is silent about Boo's confinement to the house.
In my very humble opinion. But I do think this book contains some problematic I hate this word elements, especially when thinking about the world today. The characters are also disturbingly problematic I hate this word. Atticus, as much as I like him, is a white savior.
It makes a little bit of sense in the time period, but it surely does not fit in times like now, when white people need to step back and make sure to let people of color have a voice. Calpurnia is also a black woman who is written off as complicit in her own servitude though she is luckily not treated as a slave or servant. She also And even Mayella Ewell: The way her character is written can show that people who are of lower status or are not as welcome in society might not be believed if they were raped and spoke up about it. And the fact remains that this book is a book about racism… written by a white woman in Western society.
Even someone who experiences racism cannot write completely accurately about it, because the individuals facing racism are exactly that—individuals, not a monolith. A book I expected to like and had a great message as I interpreted it , but one I was ridiculously bored by.
The only thing I liked about this book was the message, and everything and everyone else can go rot in a hole. Far, far away from me. Also, before the haters come me, can we just note?? Real quick??? View all 63 comments. Voto: View all 10 comments. Jun 18, Sean Barrs the Bookdragon rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: humanity.
Shelves: favourites , postcolonial , book-challenge. Normally, I would try to convince you why you should read it. I would speak about how important this book is and what message it could impart to its readers around the world. I would even say how it affected me personally. Instead, I will simply say that I loved this book. I loved its characters. I loved its plot. And I loved the eloquent way in which Harper Lee wrote it.
It made me laugh and it made me cry. Her words are real and her story is truth. This book is one of the wisest, most finely crafted, pieces of prose fiction I have ever read. View all 13 comments. Dec 05, Denise rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Everyone. Shelves: classics , bookgroup , made-into-movie , books-i-love-so-much-i-bought. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I looked up Harper Lee online this is her only published book. She is also still alive and living in Monroeville, Alabama.
And once you read about her and her family, you will I looked up Harper Lee online this is her only published book. And once you read about her and her family, you will know that she is not the only amazing person in that family guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I was able to tell in the beginning that the book started in the 30's once Dill mentioned that he saw Dracula in the theaters.
Dracula was in theaters in don't ask how I know that , and they mentioned that they were in the Depression which started in for the farmers and went on through out the 30's. Since they were openly drinking, Prohibition must have ended And, towards the end of the book, they were mentioning Hitler and what he was doing in Germany which took place in the late 30's. My history teachers would be so impressed that I retained all of that information. Too bad my head is so full of that information, I have to look up my own phone number. I loved Scout.
In fact, I get dibs on that name for a little girl- or did Bruce Willis and Demi Moore beat me to it? I loved that she wanted to be a person first and then a girl. And she supports the fact that little kids know the meaning of life and forget it as they get older. She had a great relationship with her brother and father and they encouraged her to be true to herself and not follow the stereotypes of ladies of that time. I loved her way of thinking especially how she drew the conclusion that if she starting swearing her dad would assume she picked up the bad habits from school and pull her out.
And when she wanted to write a letter to Dill in invisible ink just to drive him crazy, I almost ruined the book because I was drinking a Diet Pepsi at the time. I have a feeling that Harper Lee was just like Scout and have you noticed that all early female authors are tomboys? It just goes to show you that the truly creative women were those that went against the stereotypes of the time.
I'm not sure I like the fact that Atticus allowed them to call him by his first name and not Dad, but aside from that he was the perfect role model. He talked to them, not at them, and he always listened. He firmly believed that it was important for his children to respect him and by NOT following the creed "Do as I say, not as I do", Scout and Jem would be able to look up to him.
He wanted his children to look beyond the color of one's skin, therefore he did. He treated everyone as equal despite their race, family background, age or education and if more people did that, there wouldn't be as many problems today. His teaching methods worked. You can tell how much the children loved and looked up to him. Nothing hurt them more then having their father be ashamed of them. They didn't keep things from him because they thought he wouldn't understand.
They kept things from him because they didn't want him to get hurt. And they always listened, because to disobey would hurt Atticus. Atticus's brother was another one of my favorite characters even though he wasn't mentioned a lot. When he realized his error after punishing Scout for beating up her cousin and tried to make it right, it showed that he also strived to earn their respect just like Atticus. Nothing irates me more then when someone tells me I have to respect them because they are older than me.
Does that mean I have to respect Bob Ewall because he is older? It's easy to see with all of the problems in the world why Boo Radley feels safer hiding from away from it. I think everyone has a little bit of Boo in us, when we shut out the problems of the outside. Of course, we all have a little of Scout in us to especially when I come out fighting if anyone tries to hurt my family.
The court case. Wow, the sad thing is, is I can see that happening even today i. When I moved here the first time, just before the LA riots, there was a huge ordeal about a Korean, store-owner who shot and killed a black, teenager girl, she claimed was stealing and attacking her. The security camera shows the tiff and it shows the teen putting down the item and walking towards the exit. The store owner shot her in the back and was found not-guilty, by reason of self-defense. When the book was published in , discrimination was still a big problem.
I did like how Harper Lee brought up Hitler's actions against the Jews. It was obvious that what was going on in America with African Americans was no different in her eyes than what Hitler was doing. I agree, we were just more discreet about it. Perhaps because deep inside, Americans knew it was wrong to treat African Americans as third class citizens so we tried to hide it more. Hitler was right out in the open with his actions. The Student Survivor Guide. View all 29 comments. A short, important, and powerful classic that deserved all its fame.
Racism, prejudice, rape, false accusation of rape, all of these are abhorrent and really should have never existed in the first place within our world and society. However, it does. I find it insanely sad that even though this book was published more than 50 years ago, has also been used as an educati A short, important, and powerful classic that deserved all its fame. I find it insanely sad that even though this book was published more than 50 years ago, has also been used as an educational book for countless young students and even with countless histories to learn from, it seems that some human will never ever learn from hem and the main problems depicted in this book is still very evident in our time.
Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it. Now though? One last thing, Atticus Finch is truly a role model to aspire to, as a father, a lawyer, and most of all, a human being; truly a well-written protagonist. May you rest in peace. View all 40 comments. Jul 09, Maureen rated it it was amazing. Rereading this book as an adult made me realize how truly beautiful and wonderful it is. It will forever be one of my favorites. View 2 comments. Life gives you a few things that you can count on. Death for all , taxes for most , and the unwavering moral character of Atticus Finch for me.
For my thoughts on the shameless money gr Life gives you a few things that you can count on. For my thoughts on the shameless money grab by the money-greedy publishers recently published first draft of the novel inexplicably or read: cash grab marketed as a sequel Well, I think I just said it all. I cannot be objective about this book - I don't think you can ever be about the things you love. I've read it many times as a child and a few times as an adult, and it never lost that special something that captivated me as a kid of Jem Finch's age.
It found a place in school curriculum because of its message, undoubtedly - but it's not what makes it so powerful. And then there is the magic of the slow measured narration painting the most vivid picture of the sleepy Southern town where there's enough darkness lurking inside the people's souls to be picked up even by very young, albeit quite perceptive children.
If they're all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other? Scout, I think I'm beginning to understand something. I think I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this time. It's because he wants to stay inside. Yes, there may be countless articles all fueled by Lee's first draft about his 'transformation' into a bigot - but I refuse to jump on that bandwagon.
Because I sleep better knowing that there are people out there who are good and principled and kind and compassionate, who will do everything they can with the utmost patience to teach their children to be decent human beings. It's the amazing guidance that the Finch children get in becoming good human beings that many of us would give up a lot for. I know I would. Because to me it will never be a story of a white man saving the world and some, especially with the publication of that ridiculous first draft, would dismiss it as such.
To me, it's the story of a child growing up and learning to see the world with the best possible guidance.
It's a story of learning to understand and respect kindness and forgiveness and that sometimes you do right things not just because you're told to but because they are right things to do. I see enough stupidity and nonsense and injustice in this world. And after all of it, what I often do need is Atticus Finch and reassurance that things can be right , and that with the few exceptions, even if I struggle to see it, "[ View all 18 comments.
Alabama in U. The siblings are unusually close, the father is absent often being a politician in the legislature, in Montgomery, the stat Alabama in U. The siblings are unusually close, the father is absent often being a politician in the legislature, in Montgomery, the state capital. Calpurina their black servant, takes good care of them and they all love, is the real parent of the kids, and of course, considered a member of the family.
Finch is a rather remote uncomfortable father, the children call him by his first name of Atticus.
Scout age eight, a tomboy, Jem who's four years older than his precocious sister and friend Dill, Charles Baker Harris a year older than Scout but not as big, and is frequently bullied, are always together. Dill from Meridian, Mississippi, spends the warm summers at his Aunt Rachel's house in town and is gratefully left alone. Next door to the Finch's live the Radley family, a strange people that keep to themselves, particularly Boo, Arthur a legendary creepy, mysterious man , who is never seen, weird stories abound about him by the curious, neighborhood kids, they test their bravery, by how close they can come to Boo's house.
The gentle, Mr. Finch shocks Scout and Jem when he shoots a mad dog at the sheriff's request, Mr. Tate, knows Atticus's skill, but curiously he doesn't even have a gun at home, never seen with one either. This sleepy town awakens when Bob Ewell a lazy, notorious drunk, accuses a black man Tom Robinson of raping his flirtatious daughter, Mayella. The honorable Judge Taylor appoints Atticus, as Robinson's lawyer, an impossible task in that era. The trial brings people from all over Maycomb County , to the courthouse , Atticus Finch shines, but can he free an innocent man?
This story implies every human, should be treated with dignity, no matter what the color of their skin, and after so many years have gone by , is still the best novel in urging equality for all, what a concept She died on February 19, at the age of To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee. Harper Lee's classic novel of a lawyer in the Deep South defending a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has earned many distinctions since its original publication in