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Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus--three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman. Though her story explores big themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child. The result is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice, and the pain of growing up.
Like the slow-moving occupants of her fictional town, Lee takes her time getting to the heart of her tale; we first meet the Finches the summer before Scout's first year at school. She, her brother, and Dill Harris, a boy who spends the summers with his aunt in Maycomb, while away the hours reenacting scenes from Dracula and plotting ways to get a peek at the town bogeyman, Boo Radley. At first the circumstances surrounding the alleged rape of Mayella Ewell, the daughter of a drunk and violent white farmer, barely penetrate the children's consciousness. Then Atticus is called on to defend the accused, Tom Robinson, and soon Scout and Jem find themselves caught up in events beyond their understanding. During the trial, the town exhibits its ugly side, but Lee offers plenty of counterbalance as well--in the struggle of an elderly woman to overcome her morphine habit before she dies; in the heroism of Atticus Finch, standing up for what he knows is right; and finally in Scout's hard-won understanding that most people are essentially kind "when you really see them." By turns funny, wise, and heartbreaking, To Kill a Mockingbird is one classic that continues to speak to new generations, and deserves to be reread often. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
The writing is wonderfully beautiful and charming.
This book doesnt start getting good until the end but it is like when you read it you keep wanting to so you can find out what happens next.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that was written in 1960 by Harper Lee about Jem and Scout Finch growing up in Maycomb County, Alabama.
Thoroughly enjoyed. Movie was terrific but the book delivers so much more in exploring the finer details.Published 8 minutes ago by Ramona Beckinsale
Enjoyed this book which I had meant to read as a teenager, but left it a little late, as I am now an Octogenarian!!!Published 6 hours ago by Stephen Bower
So glad this finally became available as an eBook. Thank you! Required reading for anyone who loves a good story that is well told.Published 15 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Everyone in America should read or reread this book, because some of the same racial tensions are happening in America today. We must work toward eradicating this mindset. Read morePublished 18 hours ago by Lenora Brown
5 stars are based on the combination
of reading the Kindle book and the Audible version
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What should I say about To Kill a mocking bird. It is one of the most beautiful way to write a story told from a young childs eye even though the subject matter is a harsh one of... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I somehow missed out on reading this in high school. I'm not sure how that happened so I decided to remedy this oversight and I'm glad I did. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Suzanne N Ritchie
Excellent! I read this in high school and remembered how much I was moved by this book. Still meaningful after 50 years!Published 1 day ago by Jean W.