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Is it time to admit that To Kill a Mockingbird is not very good?

June 25, 2010

As the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird is celebrated all over the country this summer, a smarty pants at the Wall Street Journal has the temerity to point out that Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel actually isn’t very good, no matter how much we may love it.

A native of Alabama, Alan Barra says that Harper Lee, compared to fellow Bama-born writers like Zora Neale Hurston or Walker Percy,  “doesn’t really measure up to the others in literary talent, but we like to pretend she does.”

To Kill a Mockingbird, Barra reports, is the second most popular book to foist upon schoolchildren, after The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It sells a lot of copies, year in, year out–according to The New York Times, it’s the second bestselling backlist title of the past five years, following only another literary masterpiece, The Kite Runner.

And yet, as Barra argues persuasively, it may be among the most overrated books in the American canon. “[I]t’s sentiments and moral grandeur are as unimpeachable as the character of its hero, Atticus,” writes Barra, and, as an exacting literary critic, he does not mean this as a compliment:  “As Thomas Mallon wrote in a 2006 story in The New Yorker, the book acts as ‘an ungainsayable endorser of the obvious.'”

If Barra makes a convincing argument for some of the literary shortcomings of To Kill a Mockingbird, he’s not alone. Reviewers back in 1960 were not always kind. The Atlantic Monthly termed it “sugar water served with humor, while Flannery O’Connor damned it as a children’s book:

“I think for a child’s book it does all right,” she wrote. “It’s interesting that all the folks that are buying it don’t know they’re reading a child’s book.”

It’s a discussion for another time, but the way O’Connor’s remark insults children’s literature as an inferior genre makes me itch. Back to Harper Lee.

Some critics are even harsher. In a recent issue of The New Yorker, resident bright boy Malcolm Gladwell makes an argument that To Kill a Mockingbird, as a product of Jim Crow liberalism, is itself inadvertently racist. Its villain isn’t Southern racism in general, which the book downplays, but the viciousness of “poor white trash.”

As always, Gladwell is the smuggest and most self-congratulatory of reporters, but he makes some valid points. So does Richard King in this tough-but-fair analysis in The Australian.

For her part, Harper Lee will almost certainly not come forward to defend herself or her novel. Still alive at 84, residing “quietly in Alabama,” she –famously — never wrote a second one.

“Harper Lee has always been a very private person,” Tina Andreadis, a spokeswoman for HarperCollins, tells The New York Times. “The legacy of To Kill a Mockingbird speaks for itself.”

I would never have thought to reconsider To Kill a Mocking Bird as Berra, Gladwell, King and others have. But that’s because I have no desire to read it again.

I enjoyed Lee’s novel on first reading, and I’ve not hesitated to recommend it over the years–to my own children and others. But I always thought the best parts of the novel are the first few chapters, when Scout, her brother Jem,  and her odd little friend Dill (based on Lee’s childhood friend, Truman Capote) enjoy idyllic summer adventures specific to the place (the Deep South) and time (the Depression).

For me, some of the juice goes out of the whole enterprise when it becomes a much more predictable story of courtroom drama and racial tragedy.

Readers, critics, other writers have speculated endlessly why Lee never published another book. Even viewed in the harshest light, To Kill a Mockingbird delivers genuine, deep reading pleasure.

In May a  New York panel of writers agreed that Lee was overwhelmed by the success of To Kill a Mockingbird. Author Mary McDonagh Murphy: “She had nowhere to go, A book that successful for a first outing was not good for her career.”

No doubt that’s true. But it might it also be true that Lee knew in her secret heart that To Kill a Mockingbird is not really all that good, that she herself is a bit of a fraud, and that knowledge froze her into silence?

Perhaps it would have been better for everyone if To Kill a Mockingbird really had been a modest little children’s book.

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  1. Connie permalink
    June 25, 2010 2:57 pm

    While I haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird in a good long while, I have to say I find it far more memorable than anything I ever read by either Walker Percy OR Zora Neale Hurston. Speaking of heresy. But there you have it.

    I do agree the book is best in the early chapters. And since I first read it at nine or so I’ll never know how I would have reacted had I read it first as an adult. But you have to respect something that has influenced practically every reader who ever came in contact with it for the past 50 years, even if Ms. Lee never wrote another word. (Some might say that’s because she never wrote any words, that her BFF Truman Capote is responsible for Mockingbird, though I can’t imagine he wouldn’t have said so at some point in his life. It’s not as though his ego grew smaller as time passed.)

    • Chauncey Mabe permalink*
      June 25, 2010 10:20 pm

      I’ve heard that, and disbelieve it on similar grounds. I’ve also heard the more credible story that after Lee wrote the first few really good chapters she ran out of steam and gave up, but some junior editor at her publishing company took it and fleshed it out into the classic we know. But I have absolutely no evidence to support this rumor, and though I first heard it over 20 years ago, I think this is the first time I’ve ever mentioned it. I certainly don’t endorse it. I do endorse the idea that while TKAM is a popular and influential book, it is NOT a first-class piece of literature.

      • Natural Blonde Hottie permalink
        June 27, 2017 9:34 pm

        I don’t think guys of any race find black women attractive. I’m a white woman with very long very blonde hair that reaches the floor, bright blue eyes, and very fair skin and black women always seem so jealous of me and other beautiful blonde white women because guys of all races love us and think we’re the most beautiful. Of course just about all nonblonde women are jealous of us beautiful blondies but black women esecially. probably because we love their men and their men all want us.

      • Coldstar permalink
        June 28, 2017 11:39 pm

        That is wishful thinking on your part. I have yet to see an ugly white with a black. Those whom I have seen, and many of them, were all not bad looking at all. The one that sticks in my mind as a nightmare though is the strikingly beautiful white, tall, well built, large bright blue eyes, great lips, headshape and hair color, lovely light pink skin, everything about her was perfect. However with her was a servile ape and three young black male half-broods. The sight near killed me.

      • Proud 2B Blonde permalink
        June 29, 2017 2:20 am

        I don’t live in Canada, but we have family in Canda and visit often. Here is my views on it:

        How do you compare it to living in the states?:
        From what I can tell, it’s basically the same. Especially Ontario. It’s like America Junior. They have everything we have in the States, like they have Wal Marts and McDonalds, and Taco Bell, and tons of places like that. Even all there tv channels are American!

        What do you miss?
        I don’t miss anything since I don’t live in Canada lol

        What do you like here that isn’t in the states?
        Hardee’s / Carl’s Jr. They don’t have them in Canada, but I think there going to be soon.

        What has been the biggest adjustment?
        Again, I don’t live in Canada lol, just visit every so often, but if an American has just moved from somewere like Florida or Arizona, the biggest adjustment would be the weather in winter, since it is colder. But if your from the nothern states like Ohio, NY, MI, all them, weather is similar.

        What do you most love about Canada?
        If I lived in Canada I would probley love the free healthcare.

  2. September 6, 2010 1:54 am

    Wow, this is the first I’ve heard of people criticizing the merits of TKAM, other than the lazy kids in my high school English classes that just opposed any thing we were given to read by force.

    I enjoyed reading TKAM as a freshman, although I admit it’s not my favorite book ever. I think perhaps the subject manner of racism from the viewpoint of an innocent child and the character of Atticus Finch are what make the novel so memorable and favorable in critics’ and the general public’s mind. You can analyze it well enough and find symbolism, themes and important historical significance. Hm, I don’t know I can’t think of why else it’s status as a classic book would be challenged.

    I have always wondered why Lee didn’t write more books though. If it’s just to live comfortably off of the success of TKAM, I find that silly and quite arrogant. A real writer would acknowledge the success and move on to continuing writing whatever captures their attention and inspires them. I’d understand if she lost interest and wants to do other things, but then again, we don’t know since she is such a recluse and doesn’t entertain any press. Very interesting.

    • Otaku39 permalink
      December 31, 2014 3:55 am

      Im looking at you M8

      • Otaku39 permalink
        December 31, 2014 4:02 am

        But Atticus is the best character ever a true role model ^-^

    • Proud 2B Blonde permalink
      June 29, 2017 2:29 am

      Oh gosh how simple is that? Just go to a ski store.

    • Natural Blonde Hottie permalink
      July 1, 2017 12:22 am

      For my wedding I wore the most beautiful and blindingly bright pink dress ever with beautiful a beautiful bright pink belt and an over 20 foot long blindingly bright pink train,the most blindingly bright pink high heeled platform boots that went up to my pussy, the most blindingly bright pink gloves, the most blindingly bright ink tiara and most blindingly bright pink headband and of curse my blindingly bright pink glasses which I always wear. Everything I wore was the most blindingly bright pink ever. It was the pinkest wedding ever by the hottest blondest longest haired, bluest eyed, fairest skinned whitest most beautiful white girl ever which is me getting married t the darkest blackest black man ever. I actually wear my wedding dress and everything I wore on my wedding day sometimes still because its so pink and so beautiful.

  3. May 4, 2012 4:11 pm

    I hated to kill a mockingbird. I wouldn’t say it was written badly…its just not my kind of story. While there are some who really appreciate the book, it always seemed to me like it was just a book everyone was forced to read in school even though they didn’t want to haha.

  4. GUYWHOHATESTKAM permalink
    May 9, 2012 8:19 pm

    stupid book was boring as heck, and the movie is just eh.

    • Atticus finch permalink
      November 30, 2015 7:54 pm

      That’s because the only thing people like you enjoy is action and sex. When you read the book or more importantly watch the movie you HAVE to THINK. Now you just have to watch like a mindless drone. But than, especially this movie, it’s different.

      • not atticus finch permalink
        March 8, 2016 7:30 pm

        Wow, do you personally know the person above? “The only thing people like you enjoy…” what an ironic statement to make for someone supporting a book about racism and discrimination, yet here you are being hateful over a BOOK. Comments and thought processes like this are what is wrong with the world. Seriously, come down off of your high horse and join the rest of us on Planet Earth…you may find you enjoy it.

      • TKAM IS BEST BOOK permalink
        December 23, 2016 12:02 am

        The story made me think differently and honestly atticus youre right all people care about is the violence in a movie or book they never read books that can help them understand life such as to kill a mockingbird

      • toxicboy27 permalink
        April 4, 2017 9:27 am

        tkam a mockingbird is fucking terrible and should be outlawed in all countries

    • YouDontNeedtoKnow permalink
      April 6, 2017 3:45 pm

      i respect you

  5. December 29, 2012 3:12 pm

    Worst book. So lame. The introduction to the characters in the first few chapters are decent, but it just turns to shit. Waste of time.

  6. MissySpade permalink
    May 25, 2013 1:24 pm

    I found this book ungodly boring. It’s not that i hate “the classics” or whatever, I just hated all the hype for such a stupid story. My teachers claimed “it’s a love story with a side plot of racial prejudice” but there was no support for this claim. Yes, there was,in the beginning, some acts of affection between characters, but it was limited. Then later it just goes full blown into the ” whites hate blacks and whites who don’t should feel bad!” story, dropping the original one entirely!! All in all, it should NEVER have been praised as much as it was. 0/5 stars, Harper Lee.

    • Atticus Finch permalink
      November 30, 2015 8:04 pm

      This movie is nothing like the black lives matter protest where they claim “white guilt”. It’s during a time when racism was actually real. It’s a story about a man who goes to defend an innocent black man who was innocent of his crime (unlike black lives matters where they shoot and kill and riot for no real reason) where back at a time people were racist where as now it’s blacks racist against whites but yet they blame whites. If you don’t like it that’s your opinion but it is NOT the same as BLM riots.

      • jjjjj permalink
        November 29, 2016 9:40 pm

        shhhhh white privilege

      • toxicboy27 permalink
        April 4, 2017 9:28 am

        atticus finch you sound like a senile old man

  7. Lucius Hawes permalink
    May 27, 2013 12:58 am

    Atticus Finch, as a practitioner, strategised a tough case like any lawyer would try to do. He thought his best defense was to try to demonize the victim. It is an ordinary story on that respect. But lawyers love the part where Scout is admonished to stand while “Your father is passing.” We all want to believe our work is respected.

    • Natural Blonde Hottie permalink
      June 27, 2017 9:58 pm

      I love and he loves when I dress all u like a dominatrix all in bright pink of course. I usually start out wearing several layers of bright pink and of course my bright pink platform boots and bright pink gloves. I start treating him like he’s my slave and whipping him with my bright pink whip, hitting him with my bright pink purse, and kicking him in the balls with my bright pink platform boots. Then he pulls up or down a layer of the bright pink I’m wearing starts fucking me in my ass, mouth, tits, and pussy and I suck his huge black cock and stroke his huge black cock with my bright pink gloves and wrap my beautiful super long super blonde hair around him and it completely engulfs him. We repeat over again until I”m completely naked. though I”ll still be wearing my bright pink platform boots, gloves, earrings, necklace, headband, and glasses. Then I take off my boots and start hitting him in the dick and balls with them while whipping him with my bright pink whip and hitting him with my bright pink purse. Then I take my bright pink cellphone and vibrate it in my pussy, take another one of my bright pink headbands and stick it in my pussy while still wearing the other of my bright pink headbands. Then finally my husband will come up and fuck me in my mouth, pussy, ass, and tits, while I stroke his huge black cock with my bright pink gloves and we fuck for a while. I often do this with several other black men while doing this with my husband too which makes it even more fun and sexy.

  8. October 30, 2013 8:36 pm

    Honestly, I really don’t see this book as a classic, but rather a highly overrated piece of work. What I mean is that TKAM was a high hitter when it was released, this was due to it coming out in the 60’s. The literature is not even close to being a master-class, however neither was “The Cat in the Hat,” though it is a classic in most eyes. What I believe makes this book mediocre is the point that the story is not engaging at all. I wasn’t asking for a J.R.R. Tolken adventure, but at least try to make a story that has you wanting to stay up and finish. This is were the book lost all hype and interest for me. The characters mentioned are memorable, but the innocence factor wears off as soon as the book hits Chapter 3. TKAM is garbage, though it is praised for its topic that is only fleshed out at last couple of chapters given. Those chapters felt like a entirely different story that tried to commit CPR to keep an already dead story alive. TKAM is a solid 1/5, an epic fail lauded for a topic that is not even fully appointed to, until it is too late.

    • October 30, 2013 8:50 pm

      YOU BELIVE IT IA BAD BOOK, I WILL FIND YOU.

      • fiddle_Diddler permalink
        December 3, 2014 1:41 pm

        Fuck you, it is a shitty book.

      • Natural Blonde Hottie permalink
        June 27, 2017 9:37 pm

        I was much younger than you. I was only 3 when I needed glasses. I cnsider myself lucky to have needed glasses since I was real yung since I love wearing glasses and guys always compliment me and tell me how sexy my glasses look.

    • TKAM IS BEST BOOK permalink
      December 23, 2016 12:03 am

      i am 12 and i finished this book in one night because it was an amzing book

    • Proud 2B Blonde permalink
      June 29, 2017 2:33 am

      It’s a Catholic school but most kids here have sex, just like any public school. ALL my friends have sex, and so do most of the guys who have girlfriends. Like seriously WTF, he is popular n sh!t.

  9. October 30, 2013 9:10 pm

    YOU BELIEVE IT IS A BAD BOOK, I WILL FIND YOU

    • fiddle_Diddler permalink
      December 3, 2014 1:41 pm

      Fuck off

      • Natural Blonde Hottie permalink
        June 27, 2017 9:56 pm

        For my wedding I wore the most beautiful and blindingly bright pink dress ever with beautiful a beautiful bright pink belt and an over 20 foot long blindingly bright pink train,the most blindingly bright pink high heeled platform boots that went up to my pussy, the most blindingly bright ink gloves, the most blindingly bright ink tiara and most blindingly bright pink headband and of curse my blindingly bright ink glasses which I always wear. Everything I wore was the most blindingly bright pink ever. It was the pinkest wedding ever by the hottest blondest longest haired, bluest eyed, fairest skinned whitest most beautiful white girl ever which is me getting married t the darkest blackest black man ever. I actually wear my wedding dress and everything I wore on my wedding day sometimes still because its so pink and so beautiful.

    • toxicboy27 permalink
      April 4, 2017 9:29 am

      nigga ur like 12 nigga like turn off ur damn phone nigga smh

    • Proud 2B Blonde permalink
      June 29, 2017 2:17 am

      Karate

      Kung Moo Foo

      Kung Woo Hoo

  10. October 30, 2013 9:12 pm

    “It is a timeless book.”-said no one ever.

  11. October 31, 2013 12:21 am

    HA GAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!!!1

    • Natural Blonde Hottie permalink
      June 27, 2017 10:03 pm

      Definitely pink. Everything I wear including my glasses is pink. Everything I own is pink too. The only thing I love not ink is my men who I love very dark black.

  12. October 31, 2013 12:23 am

    Are we seriously arguing over a piece of literature. #STUPID

  13. October 31, 2013 12:25 am

    This iz so stoopid like dah.

  14. October 31, 2013 12:26 am

    My nutz are cold ja herd.

  15. July 31, 2014 12:50 am

    I seen the movie and enjoyed that. So i thought it was time to read the book but after the first few chapters found it disappointing

    • Natural Blonde Hottie permalink
      June 27, 2017 10:04 pm

      I have very blonde almost white hair that is long it goes all the down to and on to the floor and my pussy hair is as blonde as the hair on my head. I’m as blonde can be and proud of it. Guys love us and girls envy us beautiful blondies.

  16. August 2, 2014 12:31 am

    Like most things that people bash and denigrate, it’s usually because they don’t understand them, and they demonstrate their own ignorance with their hatred. TKM is decidedly not a children’s book, which is why so many readers don’t “get” it. It is far more complex and meaningful than it appears on the surface which is why it is one of the greatest works in American literature.

    • stan permalink
      February 21, 2016 8:17 pm

      It is a children’s book. It was forced on kids in grade school. I know of no adult that ever purposely read this book. The book was made by the movie and Gregory Peck’s performance.

  17. fiddle_Diddler permalink
    December 3, 2014 1:43 pm

    I hate this fucking shitty book so much I want to burn it, all books are about these days is pitying these fucking losers, well boo hoo.

    • T.Garrett permalink
      June 28, 2017 11:06 pm

      These two latest moves (tomahawking Syria and challenging the nutball in NK) are likely attempts to make up with and look “tuff” to the (((US tabloid press))), which has been riding him very hard since he first ran for president.

      Did you note how (((they))) reacted?

      The American public likes nothing better than a dog and pony show complete with fireworks, it distracts them from whats really going on. Trump is famous for stunts that enhance his rep with the public when needed to solve a business problem.

      Cheers Olaf

  18. Otaku39 permalink
    December 31, 2014 3:54 am

    With all do respect I believe this book or should I say “classic” sucks due the long boring intro to some character and long chapter lasting situations, yes I do love how the book stands up against prejudice but I already understand the topic very much from past experience and life lessons from my father, also the story is boring properly because i was exposed to better written original manga and books about the history of World War Two, when i was at younger age. (If you think I’m just some lazy High Schooler/ some dumb pot smoking teen. Just Google my High School and read about what is So special about my school: Mcbribe Highschool, City: Longbeach. I’m not saying I’m better than anyone just stating my own opinion.

    • Proud 2B Blonde permalink
      June 29, 2017 2:38 am

      If I unplug my computer, will it still work when I turn it on?

      Does my computer need to be plugged in to work? Because there is plugs all over the place and in the wall, and they look really ugly behind my computer desk so I want to take them all off. If I take all the plugs and wires off my computer, can I stull use the internet and my computer? Also it takes up lot’s of electricity so it would be great if I could just unplug it all and still use the computer.

  19. Evan permalink
    June 3, 2015 6:33 am

    How can you not understand it? Have you ever been to a public school? They basically give you the cliff notes on what you’re supposed to like. Every theme, every character, ever action, every quote.

    The writing is drab. There is no discussion. It pretends to “question” issues of the law, morality, friendship, parenthood, and society, but then it hits you over the head with the answers for the next couple hundred pages. We get it. Racism sucks. Did you have anything else to say?

    You like everyone else have no need, or urge, to read the book a second time because there isn’t anything else there to find. Atticus Finch is Superman, without powers, or costumes, or anything remotely interesting about him beyond circumstance. In fact nobody is particularly interesting. It is not classic, it is old. The two are not the same.

    Quite frankly, it doesn’t surprise me at all to learn that she had originally written A Watchman first, and the publisher made her tell the stories that were in flashbacks. It all has a feeling of the perfected idealization we have created around our heroes as we look back on them in distant memory. Everything is just a little (lot) too clear. The answers suddenly stare us in the face (when anyone who knows anything about the science of memory will tell you, our brains fill in the blanks like a madlib if we can’t remember) It’s self-righteous jerk-off material at best. Classic books should challenge us, thrill us, entertain us, engage us, horrify us, inspire us; affect us. To Kill A Mockingbird is drivel that fails to provide anything above made-for-tv sentiment.

    • Natural Blonde Hottie permalink
      June 27, 2017 10:06 pm

      ‘m a very hot very blonde blue eyed white girl with hair so blonde its almost white and so long it reaches the floor, I always dress head to toe in pink,and I always wear very thick glasses that are pink and guys always tell me how hot Imy glasses look and that my glasses make me even hotter. My sisters are also very blonde with very long hair blue eyed and wear very thick glasses too and always get complimented on their glasses. Most of the girls I know that wear glasses are also beautiful blue eyed blonde white women and they say guys always tell them there glasses make them look even hotter. In fact I know women who fake having bad eyesight so they can wear glasses. It seems that natural blondes tend to have worse eyesight than other women which is actually a blessing as it means we get to wear glasses which makes us even hotter and we’re already by far the hottest women on the planet.

  20. G p m permalink
    July 14, 2015 4:56 pm

    I didn’t like the book to kill a Mockingbird .
    Two kids and a scary neighbor
    And it’s also about a black man who is accused and abused,
    The man’s life who is on trial is merely inserted in the book as a
    Another thing the kids hear about. No big deal.
    I found the story insensitive because of the way the black man is treated
    Just as if his life is just a …..oh by the way …oh yeah…a black man’s on trial for his life .
    But the most important part of the story , Harper wants you to think in the book is about the two kids and the scary neighbor.
    How this stupid story is considered a masterpiece is anybody’s guess .
    Never liked it never will .
    But of course this is the same country that elected Barack Obama .
    Go figure…..

    • TKAM IS BEST BOOK permalink
      December 23, 2016 12:05 am

      the point of the story was to show u the racism back then and to help u not be that way

    • Alpha Omega FC permalink
      June 28, 2017 10:37 pm

      hahahahahaha i am a dictator.

      ok ok ok kike killer you got me i am jelous of your wife. even though i dont like blonde women, and even though i like women with like c cups or less, and i would never be with a woman that has had a child that wasnt mine yea you got me i love your wife. damn kike killer what ever tipped you off?

      • S. Devoy permalink
        June 28, 2017 10:48 pm

        What a twisted fuck LOL!

        Translation: Wouldn’t it be nice to brake up ol needle dick’s soon to be marriage. It wouldn’t be as comforting as if some other’s patehtic peasley prick’s fiance (to be someday) left them for some retarded smelly effeminate nigger. But it’s close enough.

    • Coldstar permalink
      June 28, 2017 11:14 pm

      Here in Ontario I have never seen an ugly white woman with a black but I have seen many good looking to very good looking young white women with blacks. Sadly the best looking women also had at least three ugly mean looking nigglets in tow.

  21. Nicole permalink
    July 15, 2015 5:56 pm

    The book is about ignorance…of which you are all guilty here.

    • stan permalink
      February 21, 2016 8:17 pm

      Not its not. Get a clue what the book is about.

  22. October 19, 2015 6:15 pm

    I agree I have to do a report on it and i HATE it. It has the n word in every chapter.

  23. fsdfsdfsdfsdf permalink
    January 5, 2016 5:16 pm

    I though it was boring and a mediocre book, in terms of writing style and plot. It makes you think, which is why I think you’re forced to read it, but it’s boring. It reminds me of something you would find in a standardized test. My standardized test one year had a non-fiction about walls. I won’t go any farther than that, because that would be illegal (although it’s been a few years), but that was no joke. Literally – walls. Everything else is just as boring as this story. And it just drags on and on and on. How long does a book need to be to express a theme as simple as “ɹǝʌoɔ ɹıǝɥʇ ʎq sʞooq ǝƃpnɾ ʇ,uop”?

    • Coldstar permalink
      June 28, 2017 11:22 pm

      Brainwashing goes hand in hand with manipulation. We have been brainwashed into believing that Jews are the same people as those who wandered through the desert with Moses. The propaganda outlets of the Illuminati promised us wars for peace which never came. There would be peace if the Jews had their own nation. World wars I and II were supposed to be wars which would end all wars. Every generation is being tempted into believing something which causes them to rally behind it, and it is always disinformation. The war on drugs, the war on terror, man made global warming, all these are heavily reinforced via propaganda as we are being brainwashed about these subjects into believing the version which is being given to us.

      The claim of consensus by scientists is the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of all scientists agreeing on something, we are being had. If brainwashing does not work out as planned, then laws will be passed to make sure we get punished if we don’t believe. Yes, it is that ugly!

      “I feel sorry for the man who,
      after reading the daily newspaper,
      goes to bed believing he knows
      something of what’s going on in the world.”
      — Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956)

      The occultic Elite believe that they are being reincarnated over and over again and will always return to finish their unfinished business. They have brainwashed themselves into believing that and do their deeds accordingly. They keep us indebted through our governments (which serve them) and we cannot get out from under their yoke. It is this debt system which is their blood lifeline, and because we have been falling into the debt trap, they can continue to hold sway over us and manipulate and brainwash us at will.

      Even if we could all manage to get out of personal debt, our governments still will drag us down.

      I wished I could think of a simple solution which could save us. I know that doing nothing is not going to do anything for us. Knowing that we are being brainwashed and manipulated is just not enough. For now we are all still forced to go along to get along.

  24. stan permalink
    February 21, 2016 8:18 pm

    Awful book that got way too much hype. If it wasn’t for the movie, no one would care about this book.

    • I love hot blonde girls permalink
      June 28, 2017 12:28 am

      Oh. I forgot to read your part about where she only fucks black men. Guess she wouldn’t like em then since I’m not black. Maybe she’s still be willing to whip me with that sexy pink whip, kick me in the balls with her beautiful slutty pink sword heeled boots and stork my balls with her beautiful slutty pink gloves. I will admit too it’d be kinda sexy seeing her get fucked in the pussy and ass by black dick while sucking a big black dick while she’s wearing that super hot sexy pink outfit. Such as seeing 2 black men stick their dicks under that sexy pink dress and fuck her in her pussy and ass while another black man sticks his dick in her mouth while she’s wearing all that beautiful sexy blindingly bright pink, then she start whipping them then she gets completely naked.

    • Coldstar permalink
      June 28, 2017 11:36 pm

      Being ugly is a matter of taste. I have seen white women who looked darker than her. I think that she is white, just not the type of white that looks Nordic.

  25. July 31, 2016 5:51 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you. It is a complete and total nearly verbatim ripoff of E.M. Forster’s ‘A Passage to India’ It is cringe-worthy derivative drivel. But I did like Gregory Peck and the girl who played Scout in the movie. Although their relationship is a pastiche of Pagnol’s La Gloire de mon père. ‘Ooh let’s not judge black people and mentally ill people. Ooh I’m so progressive!’ Yeah let’s set up the shooting gallery tin ducks and knock ’em down’.

    • tony starks permalink
      June 28, 2017 10:57 pm

      The town idiot/drunk ordered a self help book called “How to handle disappointment” and when the package came, baby Rider was in the box.
      It was a misfortune when Rider fell into the sewer. But it was a calamity when someone pulled him out.
      The himself/herself is a family fucking coward to the cowardly. A master in the art of fucking blow up dolls, a trailer living half Mexican freak, who spends 22 hours a day in a piss stained room.

      White Ride is back doing what he does best, embarrassing his Aryan brothers.

      XXX sent a message to me today and it read “flame White Ride good, real good like the good old days nigger”

      XXX I will do as you said ‘Massa’

      • June 28, 2017 11:33 pm

        That was the most brilliant coherent piece of prose I have ever seen. Your words flow like a mellifluous river of genius.

  26. May 17, 2017 6:49 am

    Yes. The “racism through the eyes of a child” had already been done infinitely better by Mark Twain in Huckleberry Finn. The black characters in TKAM have no personalities and are only there so we know which white people we’re supposed to like. The reason it’s regarded as the definitive anti-racism novel isn’t because it’s effective, but because it’s comfortable in a way that the definitive novel about segregation shouldn’t be, and the reason it’s so comfortable is because it looks at racism entirely through the eyes of a white girl who is too young to really know what’s going on, and doesn’t really suggest that there’s anything more than the extremely simplistic views the child has. If all racism is simple enough for a child to understand, we don’t need to wonder whether we might be engaging in more complex or subtle forms of racism, so the book doesn’t run the risk of making us feel bad about ourselves.

    • Coldstar permalink
      June 28, 2017 11:19 pm

      Social Control Through Mental Health Manipulation Via Drugs and Chemicals

      One of the generally overlooked method of control over men’s minds is through drugs and other chemical compounds. We all know that drugs can make us docile, give us hallucinations or make us feel agitated.

      Drugs are being prescribed which are meant to control the behavior of schoold children and mental patients alike.

      They will tell us that they put fluoride into our drinking water in order to save our teeth, yet we probably will not be told of the research by Prof. Roger Masters of Dartmouth University which shows a relationship between silicofluorides in water supplies and a higher rate of crime and violent behavior.

      Silicofluorides increases the uptake of lead from the environment, and lead alters a brain’s chemistry which causes anger and loss of self-control.

      I have mentioned only a small sample of the way we are being mind altered by mental health treatments, often without us ever realizing what is being done to us. At News with Views is an article which explains how extensive and wide ranging the attack on us is from all sides. These attacks are not accidental but by design.

  27. Scout permalink
    June 8, 2017 1:19 pm

    your right this book is pure garbage and should be burned fuck this piece of bitch we call racism in a book

  28. T.Garrett permalink
    June 28, 2017 11:03 pm

    Sure, Brexit is gonna be reversed …and I predicted that the day it became a reality.

    Trump’s ‘election’ shook the big tree and look what fell out …just about everyone in America today who would oppose the rule of the tribe.

    Now they are going to clean house and we are called to join Anglin’s book club for mutual protection?

    Am I missing something heer?

  29. Proud 2B Blonde permalink
    June 29, 2017 2:23 am

    I dunno, but I like to eat at Sonic.

  30. Critic of the Theater permalink
    October 31, 2017 7:57 am

    Sadly, it took me to read only the first 6 pages and I hated it and in was confusing. I read it again and HATED it!

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