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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.
Outstanding, unique, emotionally affecting story about so many things - racism, prejudice, families, love - life itself. Unforgettable characters. Beautifully written. Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Jonathan Henry
I have read this book so many times over the years. It is a remarkable work of literature, and one of my favorites if not my most favorite read ever. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by beeb
I reread "To Kill A Mockingbird" before reading "Watchman". Just as good as it was in high school>Published 12 hours ago by grandmar9
I enjoyed the movie many years ago. I enjoyed the book much more. The charactors were very developed. It was a real page turner. Cant wait to read Harper Lees next book.Published 13 hours ago by William Mara
It was a very good book. Race relations still have a long way to go.Published 14 hours ago by N. Yamokoski
As exquisite and spell-binding as the first time I read it 54 years ago. Thank you, Harper Lee.Published 15 hours ago by cjn
So glad I re-read the classic in preparation for "Go Set a Watchman"!Published 17 hours ago by Teri